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2011-02-07 08:41

GETTING DIRTY: The 2011 Adenco 400 will use 30kms of new 4x4 route in Darling.

The Adenco 400, the opening round of the 2011 Absa Off-Road championship over March 11/12 will be turned into a community project by the hamlet of Darling in the Western Cape.

Local landowners, businesses and schools have supported the event, which will incorporate 30km of new route. The event will be organised by the Cape Peninsula Motorcycle and Car Club.

“The response from the Darling community and people in surrounding areas has again been tremendous,” said route director Bill Bright. “They have again turned the race into a community project and this has made life a lot easier for the organising team.

“We have also found about 30km of terrain that has never been used for racing and that will add a little extra interest for competitors.”

Bright added that the 2011 route would not traverse the Mamre Trust and Kloof areas but instead include sections on the famous Groote Post wine estate and the Oatlands Dairy.

“Although there is still some work to be done on finalising the route we are happy that the new sections will add an additional challenge to the event,” Bright added. “The route takes in a wide range of terrain and we have used just about every hill and kopje in the area.”

Race headquarters will be at the Darling Club where the People Parc Ferme facility, the social hub of the event, will be in full swing. The race will be run over three loops of about 120km and this will increase activity in the Designated Service Park (DSP) and People Parc Ferme where spectators can meet and mingle with riders, co-drivers and technical crews.

The event will start with the Donaldson Prologue at noon on March 11 over a route of around 45km and will determine start positions for the race proper the next day.

The race proper will start at 8.30am at the Darling Club and a user-friendly route offers numerous spectator points within easy access of the start/finish and DSP. Public access to the start/finish/DSP and spectator points is free and spectator guides will be available at race HQ.

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