Carnival City 400 route redesigned

ROUTE FOR CARNIVAL CITY 400 HAS BEEN REDESIGNED The news that the route for the Ford Carnival City 400 on November 17 and 18 has been redesigned, will jolt the majority of Absa Off Road competitors out of a comfort zone for the final event of...

ROUTE FOR CARNIVAL CITY 400 HAS BEEN REDESIGNED

The news that the route for the Ford Carnival City 400 on November 17 and 18 has been redesigned, will jolt the majority of Absa Off Road competitors out of a comfort zone for the final event of the season.

As usual the event will settle a couple of outstanding national championship issues. In the Production Car category the prestige South African Manufacturers Award still has to be settled, and on the Special vehicle front the Class B and Class titles are up for grabs.

"The routes for the 70 kilometre prologue on November 17 and the race proper the next day have undergone serious facelifts," said event organiser Willie Prinsloo from the Koepel Club. "The facelifts will give competitors and event to remember and, as usual, the event will be more than spectator friendly."

Willie said the prologue would take competitors on a lap of the Carnival City stadium and then trough a section of the route that runs past Nigel to the Heidelberg Army Gymnasium. Most of this part of the route is new and will offer a combination of fast sections and mountain passes on the military base.

The main event will be run over two loops of around 180 kilometres each. From the traditional stadium section at Carnival City competitors will tackle a route that includes numerous new spectator friendly sections used for the first time on the event.

The designated service point will be at Carnival City. After the first loop there will be a decontrol for 15 minutes before crews go out on the second loop with the finish back at the Carnival City complex.

"The Ford Carnival City 400 is notorious when it comes to rain," added Willie Prinsloo. "I cannot remember an event where it hasn't rained and, by the looks of things at the moment, this could be a factor this year.

"The route is tough but fair, but wet weather can throw the best calculations into disarray."

Prinsloo added that in a new innovation this year live tracking of cars fitted with special transponders will be displayed on a big screen in the Carnival City public area. This will be a first for off road racing.

"The other good news is that road works around Carnival City have been completed," said Willie. "This will make it easier for spectators to get to viewing points without any fuss or bother."

-credit: msa

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