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ABSA 2009: Change to South African Championship Calendar of Events.

There has been a late change to the Absa Off Road Championship calendar with the Highveld 400 to replace the Limpopo 400 on August 28 and 29. The Highveld 400 will be round six of the Absa series with the event based at Carnival City on the East Rand. Off road officials said the decision to cancel the Limpopo 400 and replace it with the Carnival City race was based on economic considerations.

"The Limpopo 400 did not have a sponsor and with the majority of national competitors based in Gauteng and neighbouring provinces, it made sense to switch the race to Gauteng," said MSA Off Road Car Racing Commission president Richard Schilling. "A Gauteng based event will provide for massive savings in terms of travel and accommodation, and this also applies to competitors from KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Cape regions. From previous years there is still a good infrastructure at Carnival City that can quickly be put into place."

The event will be organised by award winning race director Adri Roets and a team of handpicked officials. Roets has been chief organiser for many years of the Sun City 400, which for the last two years has been voted event of the year in the Absa Off Road Championship.

The Highveld 400 will also incorporate a round of the Northern Regions Off Road Car Racing Championship and a round of the North West Challenge. It is expected the event will follow in the footsteps of the recent Sun City 400, and will attract an entry of more than 100 competitors in the Production and Special Vehicle categories.

Schilling added that drawing on previous Carnival City 400 events, Roets had already identified and mapped out a provisional route. This will be fine tuned over the next fortnight. "Previous Carnival City 400 events provided for some tough and interesting racing," said Schilling. "This year will be the same and we are looking forward to a successful and challenging event."

With the season now into the home stretch the Highveld 400 will be followed by the Toyota Dealer 400 in Mpumalanga on October 2 and 3, and the season ends with the RFS Magalies 400 based at Tarlton International raceway on November 6 and 7.

2009/08/02 | 12:32 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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