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Prohun 500: Star of the new FIA Central European Zone Cup.

"Prohun 500" cross-country rally race will be organized a third time, on 10th-12th July, 2009, as the part of the Hungarian Brokernet National Cross-Country Rally Championship. This race will be one of the steps of the FIA Central Europe Zone Cup for Cross-country Rally races, which is the result of cooperation of 12 European countries - Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia. Foreign racers can collect points on this race, in the international championship.

"Prohun 500" will be different in 2009 than before, because it is a zone race now, plus the service park will be on the street of the downtown of Gyula. Leaders of the town recognized the possibility, and agreed to develop the service park of the race on the four-line main road, in the heart of the town. It means that Vértanúk Street will be blocked from the fountainous roundabout to the fire station, and the main road will be full of service cars, trucks and race vehicles for three days.

Spectators may go around the service park, and may contemplate their favourite competitors' fights continuously. The parc fermé (closed race park) will be developed next to the service area. This provides wonderful spectacle, because the race vehicles stay here between two special stages, and at night.

More changes happened at the special stages. The Doboz-Sarkad-Tarhos-Sarkadkeresztúr special is expanded. After the idea of the leaders of the villages, the route will be assigned closer to the centers of the villages, and local people will organize programs in cooperation with the race, at the same time.

The special at Kötegyán will be similar to 2008, but organizers will change some things, and the racers won't go on the same route. Méhkerék took the place of the last year?s special at Zsadány. This village is interested in two specials. Újszalonta?s special will expand with areas of Méhkerék, and Méhkerék gives a separate special with a really fast route at the western areas of the settlement.

The father of the race, Olivér Sólyom was on the site in January, and he was talking to the leaders. "In 2008 our competition may have been successful, because almost the all local governments had new ideas and requests in this year - says Olivér. - Governor dr. Klára Perjési and the management of the town were delighted with our idea of the service park in the downtown of Gyula.

The leaders of the settlements giving routes of the special stages - Doboz, Kötegyán, Méhkerék, Sarkad, Sarkadkeresztúr, Tarhos, Újszalonta - had fantastic ideas to make the race more popular in their villages. They want common cooperation, and because of this we signed the agreements, and we can concentrate on the organization now."

"Superspecial will be next to Gyula, in a sand mine, where the events might be followed by spectators - says the main organizer. - By our preliminary calculation, car racers have to go 525,6 kilometres, riders have to go 423,8 kilometres at the specials. I hope that "Prohun 500" in 2009 will be more successful than ever."

2009/07/07 | 12:16 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Prohun 500

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