Sun City 400: Series preview

TOUGH SUN CITY 400 ON THE CARDS Not content with the award for the best event last year, the organisers of the Sun City 400 on July 25 and 26 are looking to go one better. This year's Sun City 400 is round five of the Absa Off Road...

TOUGH SUN CITY 400 ON THE CARDS

Not content with the award for the best event last year, the organisers of the Sun City 400 on July 25 and 26 are looking to go one better.

This year's Sun City 400 is round five of the Absa Off Road Championship and, in the context of the overall series, could turn out to be a watershed race for many competitors. Tight championship battles have developed and dropping or gaining points at this stage of the season could be crucial to title challenges in both the Production and Special Vehicle categories.

"We are very proud of our 'best event in 2007' tag and are determined to go one better this year," said chief organiser Adri Roets from the Off Road South Africa club. "We always get terrific support from Sun City and facilities at the complex are first class.

"All the ingredients are there for another top class event but, from a competitor's point of view, it is going to be tough."

Over the years the Sun City 400 has earned the reputation as one of the more physically demanding for crews. The wide variety of terrain also makes the race hard on machinery.

"We are busy putting the finishing touches to the route and it is going to provide crews and machinery with one of the toughest challenges of the season," said Roets. "Once again variety is a key feature and, as usual, competitors will be faced with an interesting challenge.

"At this time of the year there is not much rain around the Pilanesberg and it is going to be a hot, dusty and action packed race." Roets added the event would again live up to its spectator friendly tag. Spectator points offering good viewing are plentiful and within easy reach of race headquarters at the Sun City complex.

"Sun City is within easy reach of major metropolitan areas in Gauteng and neighbouring provinces, and we again expect a good turnout from off road enthusiasts," said Roets. "To cater for the great spectator interest there are plenty of viewing points where the action will be exciting and spectators can get a close up view of the cars.

"We have again gone out of our way to make it easy to get to and from the best spectator points."

The Sun City 400 sees the Absa championship move into the second half of the season. Competition in both the Special Vehicle and Production Vehicle categories has never been tougher, and the event has all the ingredients to turn into the season's showpiece.

-credit: msa

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