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ABSA South African Championship 2007 Special-Newssection





This is the single-news section of the marathonrally.com 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.









African Heritage: FIA- and ABSA Rally to boost Eastern Cape Economy.






The African Heritage Cross Country /Amathole 500 event from July 26 to 30 will provide the Eastern Cape economy with a massive boost. The African Heritage Cross Country is round two of the FIA Cross Country World Cup and round five of the Absa Off Road Championship with more than 70 South African competitors expected to join overseas entries. It is forecast the event will bring around R6 million into Eastern Cape coffers and will be a major boost for tourism in the area.

"The African Heritage Cross Country / Amathole 500 is one of the most important events of the year in the Eastern Cape this year," said events rights holder Charmaine Fortune. "We have committed to keeping the event in the Eastern Cape in the future, and there are long and short term benefits for the greater Amathole District Municipal area and the Sunshine Coast.

Over the years the events which form part of the Absa Off Road Championship has had a major effect on the economy in areas where events are hosted and has also been a boost for tourism in the regions. We see the same scenario developing in the Eastern Cape." Ms Fortune added that apart from economic benefits, the African Heritage Cross Country / Amathole 500 would have an affect on tourism. A great many visitors to the event - including overseas competitors - would discover the Eastern Cape as a leisure destination.

"In the case of the African Heritage Cross Country / Amathole 500 there are added benefits for the Eastern Cape in that it is out of season," Ms Fortune added. "In terms of accommodation, restaurants, car hire etc this is a welcome boost at this time of the year. The event will also provide opportunities along the route for small scale entrepreneurs to provide a wide range of services to competitors and spectators."

The African Heritage Cross Country is the only motorsport event counting towards a world series to be held in South Africa this year. The event has the backing and full support of the Eastern Cape Government and Amathole District Municipalities and organisers are also working closely with the Department of Sport. "We have had overwhelming support from the Eastern Cape Government and have developed a close working relationship with the relevant provincial departments and municipalities," Ms Fortune said. "The same applies to the Department of Sport and everyone is bending over backwards to help us."

Documentation and scrutineering for the African Heritage Cross Country / Amathole 500 will take place at the Garden Court in East London on July 26 and on the morning of July 27. The prologue for Absa Off Road Championship competitors and Stage 1 of the international event will start at 12h00 in Bisho and will finish at the Fish River Sun.

Round five of the Absa off road series and Stage 2 of the World Cup event will be run over a 500 kilometre circular route in the Amathole Mountains on July 28. Both races will start and finish at the Fish River Sun. Stage 3 of the African Heritage Cross Country, with the start and finish at the Fish River Sun, will be run on July 29 with the Stage 2 route run in reverse. Stage 4 of the World Cup event will start at the Fish River Sun and will finish in Bisho on Monday, 30 July.

South African competitors whose vehicle are not homologated for the FIA event, will be eligible to compete in the African Heritage Cross Country race but will run at the back of the field. No championship points will be at stake for SA entries, but trophies will be awarded.

2007/07/19 | 14:22 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Chairmaine Fortune






















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