Sugarbelt: Route preview

Tough route for Nissan Sugarbelt 400. Competitors on the 10th anniversary Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in KwaZulu-Natal on May 10 and 11 -- round two of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship -- will be faced with a rugged and varied route. Organised by...

Tough route for Nissan Sugarbelt 400.

Competitors on the 10th anniversary Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in KwaZulu-Natal on May 10 and 11 -- round two of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship -- will be faced with a rugged and varied route.

Organised by the Natal Off-Road Motor Club with race headquarters at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club, the event will be made up of two north loops and two south loops with a total distance of just over 400 kilometres. Weather conditions will determine whether crews face a hot, dry and dusty ride or a wet one, but either way, man and machine will be put to the test.

According to race director Peter Mounsear-Wilson the shorter south loop is the more demanding of the two. The overall route combines all the various ingredients demanded these days by off-road competitors, but narrow roads with plenty of drop-offs will make overtaking difficult and crews will have to show a fair amount of discretion.

"There is also a new section that will be used on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 for the first time, and it takes crews into a valley with a stream which they cross 13 times in about seven kilometres," said Mounsear-Wilson. "This could provide for some action if it is a wet event."

The prologue on May 10 to determine start position for racing section two on May 11, will be held between 13h00 and 16h00. Run over a section of the south loop, the prologue will be 40 kilometres long and should provide for an interesting prelude to plenty of action the following day.

Racing section two will start at 08h00 on May 11 with competitors first completing the south loop. Crews will then tackle the north loop twice, before having another bash at the south loop on the way to the finish at race headquarters.

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