TOUGH ROUTE FOR NEW ABSA OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT There is a surprise in store for competitors on the Human Auto 400, round seven of the Absa Off Road Championship, on October 22 and 23. The event is a new one on the Absa calendar and sees...
TOUGH ROUTE FOR NEW ABSA OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
There is a surprise in store for competitors on the Human Auto 400, round seven of the Absa Off Road Championship, on October 22 and 23.
The event is a new one on the Absa calendar and sees mainstream national championship motorsport return to the Free State. Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point will all be located at the Windmill Casino complex on the outskirts of Bloemfontein.
"There are a few surprises in store for competitors," said race director Adri Roets. "The popular perception is that the Free State is flat and boring", and that the route for an off road race through the province would be flat and boring.
"That perception is going to rapidly change once crews tackle what is going to be an interesting and very demanding route."
Roets added competitors would be faced with some challenging koppies along with undulating and varying terrain. There would also be some rocky and sandy sections with crew being made to work hard for good results.
Roets also praised the hard work done by a local route survey team in Andre Botha, David White and Robbie Theuns. White has in recent seasons been a leading competitor in Class P of the Absa Off Road Championship.
"We have also had terrific co-operation from local government and from farmers and landowners," said Roets." There is an air of anticipation about the race and it is a talking point wherever you go in the Free State."
The Donaldson Prologue on October 22 will start at 12:00 from the Windmill Casino and will run north via the old Brandkop race track to the popular Stuck in the Mud resort and the De Brug army base. Total distance for the prologue is 60 kilometres.
The race route will be approximately 190 kilometres in length, with competitors to complete two loops, and for the first 60 kilometres will follow the prologue course with sections in and around De Brug. The route will then run alongside the N8 towards Kimberley before switching direction towards Petrusburg and Jagersfontein.
The final section will see the route cross the R706 and head back towards the Windmill Casino complex. Enthusiasts will also be well catered for and the route will be spectator friendly with numerous vantage points along the route.
The race will start at 08:30 on October 23 and public entrance to the start/finish, the designated service point and spectator viewing points will all be free of charge.