Carnival: Changes announced to event format

The Carnival City Casino 400 on November 29 and 30, the final round of this year's Bankfin Off-Road Championship, will feature a number of changes this year aimed at improving an event that turned out to be one of the highlights of the 2001 ...

The Carnival City Casino 400 on November 29 and 30, the final round of this year's Bankfin Off-Road Championship, will feature a number of changes this year aimed at improving an event that turned out to be one of the highlights of the 2001 season.

With a number of championship issues in both the Production and Special vehicle categories set to go all the way to the wire, the East Rand event will be loaded with interest. However, the organisers, the Koepel Club, have come up with a few changes that should please competitors and spectators alike.

For a start the spectator section within the grounds of the Carnival City complex is being revamped. The rebuild includes the introduction of additional high speed ramps aimed at increasing the spectacle for motorsport enthusiasts.

"Revamping the section of route that passes through the Carnival City grounds should prove to be exciting," said Koepel Club chairman Willie Prinsloo. "Spectators will be able to see the cars three times from one vantage point within the complex, and will still have time to pick up the action at numerous spectator points within a few kilometers of Carnival City.

"Spectators who go out on the route will also have plenty of time to get back to the designated service point and the finish."

Prinsloo added that two prime spectator points along the route would offer enthusiasts fast food and beverage outlets and toilet facilities. A public address system at the vantage points will also keep spectators abreast of race developments.

This year's route will also be run over two loops as against three last year. The terrain will be a little tougher with the organisers hoping that the rain, which plagued last year's race will stay away.

For those motorsport fans wanting to combine off-road action with other pursuits, Carnival City has the answer. "We are able to provide an interactive, diverse and fun experience," said Carnival City Casino general manager Rod Walker.

"Apart from the many activities for adults, teenagers and children in the casino complex, there will be a beer tent and fast food outlets. Last year's event was a tremendous success, but we would like to go one better this year and make the final race of the championship, sponsored by Bankfin, the specialist motor vehicle finance division of ABSA Bank, one to remember for competitors and spectators."

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