Tarka: Event replaces cancelled Lichtenburg

Eastern Cape motorsport enthusiasts will be in for a treat during the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, the penultimate round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, in the Tarkastad area on November 1 and 2. The event replaces the cancelled...

Eastern Cape motorsport enthusiasts will be in for a treat during the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, the penultimate round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, in the Tarkastad area on November 1 and 2.

The event replaces the cancelled Lichtenburg 400 and with some tight championship issues being fought out in both the Production Vehicle and Special Vehicle categories, is likely to produce some of the most competitive racing of the season. Championship contenders will be at the sharp end of the stick and, for some, it will be a last throw of the dice.

Included among those involved in championship fights in the Special Vehicle category are Eastern Cape stalwarts Greg Harvey and Boy Stone in the Castrol Queen Motor Spares Jimco. The pair are challenging strongly for both the overall and Class A drivers and co-drivers championships, and will be defending a 100 percent finish record this season.

Apart from the action out in the field, however, enthusiasts will also get the opportunity to get a close up look at some hi-tech machinery, and to meet drivers and technical personnel. An expo will be held at Weir's Toyota and Queenstown Nissan in Queenstown between 16h00 and 20h00 on October 31, and provides an opportunity for the public to see vehicles at close quarters and rub shoulders with drivers and co-drivers.

Race format does not differ from other events in the championship, sponsored by Bankfin, the specialist vehicle finance division of ABSA Bank, and a 35 kilometre prologue to determine grid positions will be run in Tarkastad from 13h00 on November 1. The prologue will be run in classes, and will give fans a taste of things to come in the race proper on November 2.

Racing section two will start at 08h00 with the route made up of three 120 kilometre loops. The designated service point will be in Tarkastad with the first car scheduled to finish the event at around 13h30.

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