document : New Route for Human Auto 400

New Route for Human Auto 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 22 September 2011


Competitors hoping to use ‘pace notes’ from last year’s Human Auto 400 when the 2011 race is run in the Free State on October 14 and 15, can throw them out the window.

A completely new route is being finalised for the penultimate race in the Absa Off Road Championship that could make or break some championship challenges in both the Special and Production Vehicle championships. The event is being run in the Free State for the second year and will be based at the General de Wet Rifle Range at the De Brug military base outside Bloemfontein.

Arrangements for the event are in the final planning stages with route director Andre Botha and his team putting the finishing touches to the course. They have been scouring the Free State to find what will almost be a 100 percent new route.

“We have had great co-operation from the SA National Defence Force, landowners and farmers and are now paying attention to final detail,” said Botha. “There is plenty of variety and we think we have come up with a route that will be both enjoyable and demanding.”

Botha added that about 60 percent of the 60 kilometre Donaldson Prologue to determine grid positions for the race, would be run within the confines of the De Brug military base. The prologue course would also take in three dedicated spectator areas within De Brug, with the balance of the route on farmland running along the north eastern border of De Brug also offering excellent vantage points.

Botha said the route would be run over two loops of 180 kilometres. The first section of each loop would take in the Donaldson Prologue route, and would then swing north of De Brug.

Competitors will then head west under the N8 in the Driekloof area before heading back to De Brug with the final 30 kilometres to be run in the military base. There will be excellent spectator points along the N8 from Driekloof to the De Brug silos.

Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point will all be located at the General de Wet Rifle Range. Public access to these areas and spectator points along the route will be free of charge.

The Donaldson Prologue on Friday, October 14 will start at 12:30 and the race the following day at 08:30.
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