New refuelling rule for Bankfin Off-Road Championship

New refuelling regulations will add another twist to the Carnival City Casino 400, the final event of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, on the East Rand on November 29 and 30. The new regulations, which come into immediate effect, allow crews...

New refuelling regulations will add another twist to the Carnival City Casino 400, the final event of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, on the East Rand on November 29 and 30.

The new regulations, which come into immediate effect, allow crews in all classes in the Production and Special vehicle categories to remain in a vehicle during refuelling at designated service points. There are, however, conditions that apply to the new ruling.

While crews no longer have to exit the vehicle, the engine must be switched off and both driver and co-driver must unbuckle safety harnesses. In the Production Vehicle classes both doors of the vehicle must be open, and in the Special Vehicle classes the roof lid must be open.

In both the Production Vehicle and Special Vehicle categories one crew member must be stationed on either side of the vehicle with a fire extinguisher during the refuelling process. Only when refuelling has been completed can the two crew members carry out other tasks on the vehicle.

"The new ruling was adopted following complaints from crews in the Special Vehicle category," said Motorsport South Africa Off-Road Car Racing Commission president Piet Swanepoel. "Space in these vehicles is restricted, and it is a lengthy process getting in and out of the car.

"Crews felt that because of this they were at a disadvantage during the refuelling process, and we have addressed the situation."

-msa-

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