The Carnival City 400 on November 16 and 17, the final round of this year's MSA Off-road Car Championship, will see Sun International return to the off-road fold. Sun International has a long history of involvement with off-road racing in South...
The Carnival City 400 on November 16 and 17, the final round of this year's MSA Off-road Car Championship, will see Sun International return to the off-road fold.
Sun International has a long history of involvement with off-road racing in South Africa, and has previously backed events like the Sun City 400, Venda Sun 400, Swazi Sun 500, the Carousel 200 and the Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa. Organised by the MSA Off-Road Car Commission with assistance from the Koepel Club, the Carnival City 400 will coincide with the Roof of Africa, which this year is for bikes and quads only.
"We are happy to again be associated with off-road racing, and the Carnival City 400 will be a major attraction for Gauteng based off-road enthusiasts," said Carnival City Casino's general manager, Rod Walker. A driving force behind Sun International's involvement in off-road racing, Walker has competed in a number of events.
"We are delighted to welcome Sun International back into the off-road fold, and the event will be a fitting finale to the season," said MSA Off-Road Car Commission president Piet Swanepoel. "With clerk of the course Peter Mounsear-Wilson and the Koepel Club team busy with a route that will be spectator friendly, the programme of events adds up to a bumper weekend for off-road fans."
The programme includes an Off-Road Expo at Carnival City Casino from November 16 to 18. The Off Road Expo will be held in the Big Top Arena at the casino complex near Brakpan, with the time trial on November 16 and racing section two on November 17.
"We are looking at a multi-lap route between Carnival City Casino and Heidelberg," said Mounsear-Wilson. "Initial aerial and ground surveys have turned up some interesting possibilities, and the final route should provide competitors with a stiff challenge, and spectators with plenty of vantage points to catch the action".
"The vantage points will be easily accessible, and this makes for a spectator friendly event."
With a number of championship issues likely to go all the way to the wire, the Carnival City 400 will provide an exciting climax to the off-road season. "The championship issue sees to it that interest is sustained right to the end, and Sun International's involvement means that every event on the calendar this year will have been sponsored," Swanepoel said.
"This is indicative of the current healthy state of off-road racing, and planning for next season is already at an advanced stage."