|Donaldson CC: South Africa´s "Nkomazi 450" route an easier outing for crews.|
Crews busy preparing for the "Nkomazi 450" rally in Mpumalanga on May 16 and 17, round three of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship", can heave a collective sigh of relief.
After two tough outings to start the season with both the RFS 450 and the Toyota Dealer 450 new events in Harrismith and Mooi River, there is a little relief at hand. The Nkomazi 450 returns to Malalane, on the fringes of the Kruger National Park, for the second year, and competitors will welcome a return to more familiar territory.
"The course is certainly a little more forgiving than were those for the Harrismith and Mooi River events, but it is still going to provide crews with a stern challenge," said route director Adri Roets. "The route offers a pretty good blend of sugarcane fields, bushveld and plantation areas and at times the track is tight and narrow.
"The fact that the RFS 450 and Toyota Dealer 450 were breaking new ground added to the difficulty factor, but on this event the competitors will have a good idea of what to expect."
The race will start at Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of Malalane and crews will then head towards the Kaalrug and Jeppe’s Reef areas. For the most part the route runs in close proximity to the N4, and with 12 dedicated spectator areas the event will again be spectator friendly.
Roets added that the spectator points were all in close proximity of race headquarters at the Riverview Preparatory School. The finish and designated service point will also be located at the school with free public entry to these areas and the start.
Last year’s race was voted Event of the Year at the Donaldson Cross Country Championship end of year prize-giving, with the community in Malalane and surrounding areas throwing their weight behind the event. The same support has been forthcoming this year with a wide range of catering and entertainment available at the Riverview school.
The 100 kilometre qualifying race to determine grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, May 16 and the race at 8:30 the following day. Competitors will complete two laps of the route with a compulsory 15 minute halt at the end of the first loop.
2014/05/03 | 17:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE