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2014-04-23 13:38

BACK AGAIN: Werner and Johan Horn battle through the field during the 2013 Nkomazi 450. 2014 will see the Malalane community rally its support at the event again on May 16/17. Image: Motorspress


MALALANE, Mpumalanga - The Malalane community has again thrown its weight behind the Nkomazi 450, round three of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in the Mpumalanga town on May 16/17.

The event made its first appearance on the calendar in 2013 and won the Event of the Year award at the end of the season. With Malalane Toyota dealer principal Johan Horn and his staff at the fore, the local community has rallied around what is a major event in the region on the fringes of the Kruger National Park.


Race headquarters and the designated service park will be located at the Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of Malalane, while the start of the race on Saturday, May 17 will be at Malalane Toyota. The race will finish at the Riverview School.

More than a dozen outlets, including church groups, have registered to provide catering facilities. These range from prawn and chicken dishes to hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, hotdogs and frozen yoghurt to traditional South African braai.

A beer garden, tea garden and tuck shop will also be in operation with two additional entertainment areas set aside for children.

For the kids there will be plenty of fun on offer. Playground equipment, swings, a sandpit, pony rides, jumping castle, rodeo bull, a magician, face painting and paint ball will be some of the attractions to keep them amused.


Riverview will also have information brochures and parent supporter t-shirts and flags on sale, as well as Toyota memorabilia, t-shirts and photographs of teams and drivers.

A local band will provide entertainment at the post event prize-giving. A camp site will be open at the school from May 15-17 for those folk who would like to add a little extra outdoor adventure to their weekend.

There will be plenty of parking at the school car park and areas alongside the N4. Two golf carts will be used to provide a shuttle service from the car parks.

Public entrance to race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service park is free of charge. There is also free public entry to spectator points along the route, and spectator guides will be available at Malalane Toyota and race headquarters.

The qualifying race to determine grid position will start at 11.30am on May 16 and the race at 8.30am on May 17.

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