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The Adenco 400, opening round of this year's Absa Off Road Championship on March 11 and 12, has again been turned into a community project by the hamlet of Darling in the Western Cape.

Local landowners, businesses and schools have all thrown their weight behind the event which this year will incorporate about 30 kilometres of new route. The event is organised by the Cape Peninsula Motorcycle and Car Club with route planning and other issues now in their final stages.

"The response from the Darling community and people in surrounding areas has again been tremendous," said route director Bill Bright. "They have again turned the race into a community project and this has made life a lot easier for the organising team.

"We have also found about 30 kilometres of terrain that has never been used before, and that will add a little extra interest for competitors."

Bright added the route this year would not traverse the Mamre Trust and Kloof areas, but would now include sections on the famous Groote Post wine estate and the Oatlands Dairy.

"Although there is still some work to be done on finalising the route we are happy that the new sections will add an additional challenge to the event," Bright added. "The route takes in a wide range of terrain and we have utilised just about every hill and kopje in the area."

Race headquarters will again be at the Darling Club where the People Parc Ferme facility, the social hub of the event, will be in full swing. The race will this year be run over three loops of approximately 120 kilometres, and this will increase activity in the Designated Service Park (DSP) and People Parc Ferme where spectators can meet and mingle with drivers, co-drivers and technical crews.

The event will start with the Donaldson Prologue at 12:00 on the Friday. The prologue will be run over a route of around 45 kilometres and will determine start positions for the race proper the next day.

The race proper will start at 08:30 at the Darling Club and a user friendly route offers numerous spectator viewing points all within easy access of the start/finish and DSP. Public access to the start/finish/ DSP and spectator points is free of charge, and spectator guides will be available at race headquarters.

-source: saorc

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