The opening round of the Donaldson Cross Country championship, the RFS 400, promises a tricky start to the season over March 1 and 2 thanks to high grass on the new route. With a new route and new name, the RFS 400 will set up camp as the designated service area at Tarlton International Raceway near Krugersdorp, with the route running through the Magaliesberg - two two loops of 160km with a compulsory 15-minute stop at Tarlton at the end of the first lap. The opening on Friday March 1 will determine grid positions and will run over a 55km route that takes in sections of the race course.VIRGIN TERRITORYSouth African National Off Road Racing Association (SANORA) route director Adri Roets said: “It was not easy finding new territory to make the route more interesting for competitors. A number of new landowners were approached to utilise their properties and they were more than helpful making 60% of the route running through virgin territory and there is a good spread of varying terrain.”Rain had grown very high grass: “This will make it difficult for competitors to follow the route and co-drivers would have their work cut out."There will be free public entry to the race HQ at Tarlton and spectator points along the route. All the good viewing points are within easy reach of the Tarlton complex.The prologue will start at 12.30pm on March 1 and the race at 8.30am on March 2.