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ABSA South African Championship 2007 Special-Newssection

This is the single-news section of the special of the ABSA South African Offroad Championship series 2007. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

ABSA 2007: Route for Carnival City 400 has been redesigned.

The organisers of the Ford Carnival City 400 on November 30 and December 1, the final event of the Absa Off Road Championship, have decided to play it safe this year. After completely redesigning the route for last year’s event, the Koepel Club has decided not to tamper with the course on an event that will again settle a couple of outstanding national championship issues. The big prize still on offer is the overall championship in the Special Vehicle category with two crews - Nick and Ryan Harper (Atlas Copco BAT) and Evan Hutchison and Achim Bergmann (Motorite BAT) - the only contenders.

"The routes for the 70 kilometre prologue and the race proper last year underwent serious facelifts," said Koepel Club event organiser Willie Prinsloo. "The facelifts provided competitors with a varied and interesting challenge, and it was also a spectator friendly route. Although it was a wet event we had good feedback on the route, and decided this year to restrict ourselves to a few refinements that will make the route a little more interesting."

Willie said the prologue would take competitors on a lap of the Carnival City stadium and then through a section of the route that runs past Nigel to the Heidelberg Army Gymnasium. Most of this part of the route was new last year and offers a combination of fast sections and mountain passes on the military base.

The main event will be run over two loops of around 180 kilometres each. From the traditional stadium section at Carnival City competitors will tackle a route that was completely new last year. The designated service point will again be at Carnival City where spectators will be able to get a close look at the cars. After the first loop there will be a decontrol for 15 minutes before crews go out on the second loop with the finish back at the Carnival City complex.

"In recent years the Ford Carnival City 400 has been notorious for acting as a rainmaker on the East Rand," said Willie. "I cannot remember an event where it hasn’t rained and, at this time of the year, rain could again be a factor." The route is spectator friendly, there are plenty of spectator points that are within easy access of race headquarters at Carnival City. "Spectator facilities are excellent and the event offers a good day of top class race entertainment for the whole family. The road works around the complex have also been completed, and this will make it easier for spectators to get to viewing points without any fuss or bother."

2007/11/26 | 19:13 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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