Technical Route for Vryburg 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
23 August 2013
TECHNICAL ROUTE FOR VRYBURG 400
Any competitor who was active in the late 1980’s – and that just about rules out the entire field – will feel at home on the route for the Vryburg 400, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, on September 6 and 7.
National cross country racing returns to North West Province after a lengthy break and route director Adri Roets and his assistant, Andre Kock, have come up with a ‘technical’ route that is typically Kalahari. Kock, who is a Vryburg native, won the Toyota Desert Race in 1988 and knows the area like the back of his hand.
“Working with Andre has been an absolute pleasure, and his knowledge of the area and input has been invaluable,” said Roets. “The route consists mainly of virgin territory and with little rainfall in the area in recent seasons conditions are dry and dusty.
“The route is very technical but it is also sandy and that is typically Kalahari.”
The race will start at the Vryburg Motor Club on the R378 to Tosca, and from the clubhouse competitors will travel in an anti-clockwise direction towards the northwest. From the farm Progress the route continues west and crosses several secondary roads.
After crossing the R378 crews head towards Bordeaux via Waterpan and Graspan to Kaallaagte. The route then swings southeast and again crosses the R378 and heads back to the start past Massouskop.
Qualifying for race grid positions will be run over a route of 60 kilometres and the race over two laps of 170 kilometres. At the end of the first loop there will be a compulsory stop of 15 minutes.
“As is to be expected the route traverses brush and trees, but it is technical and will provide crews with an interesting challenge,” Roets said. “The event is also spectator friendly with the route close to all the well known roads in the area.
“The race has attracted a great deal of interest in Vryburg and surrounding areas and for many of the locals it will be like old times.”
Tight situations at the top of both the Production and Special Vehicle championships add to the potential for a dramatic weekend. Team Castrol Toyota pair Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy, after three wins in a row, go into the race with a 10 point advantage over Ford Racing pair Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the Production vehicle category.
In the Special Vehicle category the father and son pair of Hermann and Wichard Sullwald (Elegant Fuel Stryker) have a 9,5 point lead over reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen in the Motorite BAT Viper. Only 2.5 points separate Hutchison/Stassen and KwaZulu-Natal pair Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell (Dirt Sport Components Porter) with every point a precious one at this stage of the season.
Qualifying to determine race grid positions will start at 12:00 on Friday, September 6 and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, September 7. Public entry to race headquarters, the designated service park and spectator points are free of charge.
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