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2012-10-29 18:58

WHO WILL CLAIM SA OFF-ROAD GOLD?: The final round of the Absa Off-Road Championship will go down to the wire for participants hoping to claim the 2012 title at the Gold 400.

The 2012 Absa Off-Road championship will head for Westonaria on the West Rand for the final round of the season at the Gold 400.

For the second year in a row the Production Vehicle AND Special Vehicle championships will be decided at the final event.

The Gold 400 is also the third event of the season to venture into new territory. The start/finish will be at the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie, 70km west of Johannesburg.

CHALLENGING ROUTE


Route director Adri Roets: “We have had incredible support and co-operation from landowners and the local community. The race has generated a great deal of interest on the West Rand and is going to be a successful finale to the season.”

The prologue to determine grid positions will be run over 60km through Hills Haven and the R28 towards Randfontein and Vereeniging via Modderfontein farm to the Peter Wright Dam and back to Kloof Country Club.

The race will be run over two loops of 180km. The course continues from the Peter Wright Dam towards the N12 Potchefstroom road via Waterpan towards the Baragwaneth airfield and Hiltonia. Then along the ridge to Jagtfontein, Hartbeesfontein and Kalbasfontein, Fochville and Wildebeeskraal.

Crews then head for home through Doornpoort. The has a challenging mix of fast open sections along firebreaks, koppies and rocky sections.

'VIRGIN TERRITORY'

Roets said: “The route is spectator friendly and there are numerous good viewing points. With championships at stake we have tried to make the course as challenging as possible.

“Moving into virgin territory for the third time this season is also going to put a little extra pressure on crews fighting for championships.”

The Prologue will start at 12.30pm on November 23 and the race at 8.30am on November 24. Public entry to the race is free.

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