|ABSA 2010: Off Road fever building up in Free State with "Human Auto 400".|
Off road fever is starting to grip Bloemfontein and surrounding areas with the Human Auto 400, the penultimate round of the South African Absa Off Road Championship, bringing major national motorsport back to the Free State on October 22 and 23.
"The race is vying with the latter stages of the Absa Currie Cup as a talking point in Bloemfontein," said race director Adri Roets. "There is a strong contingent of Free State based competitors who regularly compete at national level, and off road racing has a strong following throughout the province."
Indicative of the interest the race is attracting is the extra work being put in at the popular Stuck in the Mud resort outside Bloemfontein. The resort is on the route for the Donaldson Prologue and the race proper and, in addition to normal facilities, is installing a beer garden and grandstand for spectators.
"They are expecting a huge turnout and have also arranged for additional parking," added Roets, who said the route was spectator friendly.
Absa will also be using Stuck in the Mud as one of their activation points along the route. Enthusiasts can visit the Absa stand at Stuck in the Mud and other vantage points where they can enter competitions and win some exciting prizes.
The South African National Off Road Car Racing Association has also taken advantage of the local interest in the race by creating a Regional Challenge category open to competitors in the Northern Regions and KwaZulu-Natal regional championships. The Regional Challenge will not count towards championships and competitors will complete only one loop of the route.
"On recent events we have seen a contingent of Northern Regions regulars starting to produce good results in the national series," said association chairman Richard Schilling. "Running selected regional events alongside national races is having the desired effect, and the Free State race is another opportunity to expose regional competitors to the national series culture."
The Human Auto 400 will be based at the Willow Casino outside Bloemfontein. Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point will all be located at the complex.
The Donaldson Prologue to determine start positions for the race will start at 12:00 on October 22 and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, October 23. Public entry to the start/finish, the designated service point and spectator areas on the route is free of charge.
2010/10/14 | 11:48 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/FORTUNE