Tough route for Off-Road Racing finale in South Africa

With both the Production Vehicle and Special Vehicle category overall championships up for grabs the RFS Magalies 400 on November 11 and 12, the final event in this year’s Absa Off Road Championship, will be loaded with tension and a tough route won’t make it any easier for title hopefuls.

Six crews are still in contention in the Production Vehicle category with three drivers and two co-drivers fighting it out in the Special Vehicle championship. Family rivalry also adds a twist to the situation with brothers Chris and Jannie Visser in contention in the Production Vehicle drivers’ championship, while in the Special Vehicle championship brothers Kallie and Hermann Sullwald and cousins Quintin and Wichard Sullwald are up against each other.

As in the past the RFS Magalies 400 will be based at the sprawling Tarlton International Raceway complex on the outskirts of Krugersdorp. Race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service point will all be located at Tarlton.

The Donaldson Prologue on November 11 to determine start positions for the race the next day, will be run over a distance of 60 kilometres and from Tarlton the route will head west towards Sluis and Syferbuilt along the ridges of the Sluis ‘randtjies.’ Competitors then head back to Tarlton with the route taking in Karel’s Quarry.

The first 30 kilometres of the race will follow the prologue route. The course then heads further west across the Carletonville road towards Syferbult and includes farm lands, rocky sections and virgin terrain.

From Syferbuilt competitors will head north-east back towards the Sluis ‘randtjies’ and will then join the last 30 kilometres of the prologue route back into Tarlton. Crews will complete two loops of approximately 180 kilometres.

“About 30 percent of the route is new and it is going to be a stern test,” said race director Adri Roets. “The route tends towards the technical and I think we have achieved a balance that will prove to be testing and enjoyable for crews.”

The Donaldson Prologue on November 11 will start at 12:30 and the race the next day at 08:30. Public entrance to the race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point is free of charge.

The race will also be spectator friendly with numerous viewing points along the route. Public access to these areas will also be free of charge.
– Credit: MSA Off-Road Racing Championship.