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ABSA 2009: Series brings cash injection for Eastern Cape Coffers.

Eastern Cape provincial coffers are in for a massive cash injection following an invasion from off road racers around South Africa. The Eastern Cape 400, round two of the Absa Off Road Championship will be run in the Jeffreys Bay area on April 17 and 18 and will bring with it major financial benefits for the Eastern Cape region. It is estimated that Absa Off Road Championship events supply regions in which events are held with a financial boost of between R4 and R5 million.

With more than 60 entries from the Production and Special Vehicle classes hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments in Jeffreys Bay and surrounding areas will cater for about 800 drivers and co-drivers, technical crew, media, family members and race enthusiasts.

Teams and motorsport enthusiasts who will follow the Eastern Cape 400 will also spend large sums of money on, air tickets, car hire, fuel, food and beverages, miscellaneous repairs and automotive purchases and entertainment. The event also creates a number of short term employment opportunities for local residents. "We have had tremendous support from Eastern Cape government departments and the organisers of the race, the Algoa Motorsport Club, have over the years built up a close working relationship with traffic and other authorities."

Event headquarters this year has been moved to Mentorskraal Country Estate. The designated service point and start and finish will all be based at Mentorskraal which is laid out above Jeffreys Bay and is conveniently situated close to the N2 highway.

"Mentorskraal is a stunning venue, is easily accessible from Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas and will set the tone for a great event," said clerk of the course Joe Fourie. "We have also had good co-operation from local radio stations and the print media. With the race generating high awareness we are expecting good crowds along a route that is very spectator friendly."

The 52 kilometre prologue to determine start positions for the race proper will be run in the Gamtoos and Melon areas on April 17. The prologue route will also be part of the first 180 kilometres of the route for the race, with the remaining 130 kilometres to be run in the Longmore Forests.

Competitors will complete two loops of the course and there will be three easily accessible spectator points in the first 50 kilometres. There will be five more spectator points in the Longmore Forest section.

Public catering and ablutions will be available at Mentorskraal Country Estate during the prologue and the race and at various spectator points along the route. Documentation will start at 10h00 on the Friday, with the prologue scheduled to start at 13h00 and the main race starting at 08h30 on the Saturday.

2009/04/14 | 19:24 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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