Sugarbelt: Round two preview

All systems go for Nissan Sugarbelt 400. The Nissan Sugarbelt 400 on May 10 and 11, round two of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, is shaping up as one of the highlights of the national season on and off the beaten track. Nissan has renewed...

All systems go for Nissan Sugarbelt 400.

The Nissan Sugarbelt 400 on May 10 and 11, round two of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, is shaping up as one of the highlights of the national season on and off the beaten track.

Nissan has renewed its sponsorship of an event which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and the organisers, the Natal Off-Road Motor Club, are busy putting together a package that will provide a little of everything for KwaZulu-Natal enthusiasts. An Expo at the Pietermaritzburg Showgrounds and a Bankfin Sales Carnival at the Eston Farmers Club, where race headquarters will be located, will add a touch of extramural activity to a weekend that should be full of interest.

"We were delighted to renew our sponsorship of the event this year, and are hoping for a Nissan win," said Vice President of Marketing for Nissan SA, Mike Whitfield."The Nissan Sugarbelt 400 has emerged as one of the premier events on the national off-road calendar, and we have a special relationship with the NORMC.

"The Bankfin Off-Road Championship is more competitive than it has ever been, and there is no doubt it is going to be an exciting event."

NORMC chairman Des Zank said the route for this year's event would again be a challenge for crews and machinery."The route is in the process of being finalised," he said,"and with the other activity surrounding the event competitors and spectators can look forward to something special.

"Last year's Expo was a great success, and will this year again set the tone for the weekend."

The Expo at the Pietermaritzburg Showgrounds on the Thursday before the event will provide enthusiasts with an opportunity to mingle with competitors. It will also provide the fans with a chance to get a close up look at some superb machinery, with Special and Production Vehicles, motorcycles and quads on display from 16:30 to 22:00 in the Olympia Hall.

The Bankfin Sales Carnival at the Eston Farmers Club will see motor dealers from Durban, Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas display a wide range of new and used 4x4 vehicles, bikes, quads, boats and caravans. The public will be able to pick up great deals with instant finance to approved buyers.

The Nissan Sugarbelt 400 prologue will be held on May 10. The prologue will determine starting positions for the racing section on May 11, and should also provide for plenty of action.

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