OFF-ROAD BATTLE CANCELLED: The Thaba Nchu 450 event, Round 7 of the SA National cross-country championship has been cancelled. Pictured here are Kallie and Quintin Sullwald in a BAT. Image: Keino@snaps
THABA NCHU, Free State - The Thaba ‘Nchu 450, the seventh and penultimate round of the South African National Cross-Country championship, has been cancelled.
The event was scheduled to be run in the Free State town, in the shadow of the Lesotho mountains, for the third year on October 24 and 25.
Sanora CEO Richard Schilling, the company responsible for the day to day running of the championship, said after the completion of the route for the race, a number of problems with landowners in the region had been encountered.
'WE UNDERSTAND PROBLEMS'
“Under the circumstances and in view of time restraints Sanora felt there was no other alternative but to cancel the race," Schilling said, adding that the decision to cancel had not been taken lightly and sponsors and other stakeholders had been informed.
“While we are disappointed, we fully respect and understand the position of landowners. Sanora has always been mindful and sensitive towards the requirements of landowners and we have the utmost respect for our duty to protect private property and the local community."
The final event of the championship will now be the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand over November 28/29.