Spectators wishing to watch this weekend's (May 11 and 12) third round of the 2001 MSA Off-Road Car Championship, the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in the Eston and Mid Illovo areas of Kwazulu Natal, can expect to be well entertained and well-catered ...
Spectators wishing to watch this weekend's (May 11 and 12) third round of the 2001 MSA Off-Road Car Championship, the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in the Eston and Mid Illovo areas of Kwazulu Natal, can expect to be well entertained and well-catered for.
This year's championship has attracted large crowds at the first two events and the growing popularity of this branch of motor sport has encouraged organisers to go out of their way to look after the fans.
Kwazulu Natal fans will be able to see their favourite vehicles and drivers at the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 Expo at the Pietermaritzburg Showgrounds on Thursday, May 10 from 16h00 to 20h00.
The Natal Off Road Motorcycle Club, organisers of the event, will be selling a comprehensive spectator guide and souvenir programme, which will be available at the expo as well as at the start of the race. In addition to lots of information about the championship, the teams and the entry list, this will include maps of how to get to the many spectator vantage points.
The event starts at 10h00 on Friday (May 11) with a 35 km time trial that will determine the start order for the race proper on Saturday. This will end at 16h30.
The first car will be flagged away from the start line at the Eston and Beaumont Farmers' Club at 07h00 on Saturday and the first vehicle home should arrive back at the club at around 13h00. The main event consists of a 100 km South Loop and a 100 km North Loop, which competitors will be required to complete twice before the cut-off time of 17h00.
There are numerous spectator points on these two loops, with easy access via excellent main tarred roads and gravel district roads. There are eight designated spectator points on each of the South and North loops and these are detailed in the spectator guide and souvenir programme.
Wintry conditions are being experienced in this part of Kwazulu Natal, with rainy weather preceding the race. The organisers have warned spectators that cold and possibly wet conditions can be expected. Campers, among whom will be many of the competitors, should take note.