New format for 2012 Bell 300
COST-CUTTING FORMAT: The upcoming Bell 300 off-road race in Zululand will be run to a money (and job!)-saving format.
Round 4 of the 2012 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad championship, the Bell 300 on July 7, will be run to a new format and on one day only.
That day will be Saturday July 7 just outside Hluhluwe in kwaZulu-Natal and the intention is for the event to be "lighter on the pockets of competitors, organisers, sponsors and supporters", according to Motorsport SA.
STILL A TIME TRIAL
The change will only apply to the Bell 300 on the 2012 National off-road calendar and it's been calculated that competitors will save 34% on entry fees and further cash on accommodation and race fuel - the looping of the race has eliminated refuel and service points except for the main service point at the start/finish.
The race will, however, still have a 60km time trial to determine start order and times. The race distance of the time trial will be part of the total race distance with the second part of the race starting at noon on Saturday. The total race distance will be 300km.
Competitors can complete their race documentation on Friday afternoon at the Hluhluwe Protea Hotel or at the race venue, Horn & Thorn Farm (S28°00.488" E32°13.844") just outside Hluhluwe early on Saturday morning.
Competitors and sponsors, with only three rounds left on the 2012 National calendar, have indicted huge financial pressure and difficulties in being away from work during the week to compete in the time trial so the Bell 300 organisers (Zululand Motorsport SA) and Motorsport SA's Commission for Motorcycles, Quads and Trials, decided to try the one-day format as a guideline for future National off-road racing.
ZMSA organised the 2011 Bell 400 at short notice as a replacement event and, even though it rained during the two-day event, it still earned the most votes from competitors and won an award for Best Off-road Event.
The organisers and main sponsor want to keep this trophy and have vowed to put on a well-organised and enjoyable event for off-road competitors at National and Regional levels while inexperienced and novice riders are also welcome to enter a shorter version of the race.
The event will be spectator-friendly with a variety of viewing points for both bikes and quads. Competitors (local and from neighbouring countries) have until June 30 to enter and all required documentation can be found at http://www.zululandmsa.co.za