Carnival: KZN teams heavily involved in title chases

KZN teams heavily involved in title chases. KwaZulu-Natal drivers and co-drivers will be heavily involved in title chases on the Carnival City Casino 400, the final round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, on November 29 and ...

KZN teams heavily involved in title chases.

KwaZulu-Natal drivers and co-drivers will be heavily involved in title chases on the Carnival City Casino 400, the final round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, on November 29 and 30.

Pietermaritzburg based Neil Woolridge and Marcus Taylor and cane farmers Manfred Schroder and Jack Peckham are all involved in tight championship issues in both the Production and Special Vehicle categories. All four are in line to wrap up overall and class titles and face a nervous weekend.

Former champion Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer in the factory Ford Racing Ranger, are locked at the top of the Production Vehicle overall drivers and co-drivers championships with Nissan works pair Duncan Vos and Mike Griffiths. Woolridge and Skjoldhammer have not won an event this year, but seven 2nd places have taken them to the top of the ladder along with Vos and Griffiths who have already won the Class D championship.

Woolridge and Skjoldhammer won the Carnival City Casino 400 last year, and a repeat performance would be just what the doctor ordered. It would give them the Class T title along with the overall championship where an overall win is unlikely for Vos and Griffiths.

Down in Class E in the Production Vehicle category defending champions Schroder and Peckham, also from the factory Ford Racing stable, have fought a season long battle with Toyota privateers Hugo and Jaap de Bruyn. Going into the East Rand event the KwaZulu-Natal crew have a slight edge, but there will be no margin for error for the pair.

Taylor, out in the Truck Time JRE, leads the Class B drivers championship from defending champion Giel Nel, and is also a contender in the overall championship

The Carnival City Casino 400 will be a spectator friendly event and a popular "bring 'n braai" area will again be in operation, providing a friendly atmosphere for friends and enthusiasts to get together in convivial surroundings.

Spectators at Carnival City will also have access to fast food outlets, a beer tent and toilet facilities. The section of the route that passes through the Carnival City complex has also been revamped and now includes additional high-speed ramps to increase the spectacle.

This will provide enthusiasts with spectacular views of the action. Spectators will be able to see the cars three times from one vantage point within the complex, and will also be within close proximity of spectator points within a few kilometers of Carnival City.

Two prime spectator points along the route will also offer fast food and beverage outlets and toilet facilities as well as a public address system. Route and spectator guides will be available to the public at the start and finish.

The weekend's action will get underway with the prologue, to determine grid positions, at 13:00 on Friday, November 29. This should provide plenty of action and will set the tone for what looks like developing into a highly dramatic weekend of world class off-road racing. The main event gets underway at 08:00 on Saturday, 30 November.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Duncan Vos