Sarel van der Merwe busy with route plotting
Sascha Gaede, Divisional Manager of Mitsubishi Motors, said: "Our 2006 event has had to grow four times bigger at the regional level and double the size in the Kalahari to accommodate the demand from competitors."
"The competition, presented by Sarel van der Merwe and his management team, has become not only the biggest but also the premier amateur 4x4 event on the African continent. The 2006 Trophy will be driven in our brand-new face-lifted Mitsubishi Rodeos."
Announcing some changes for 2006, van der Merwe said that entries in the first round on a regional and local level had to be limited to 1000 teams, with provision for only 350 teams in the Kalahari.
"This means that only the top 35% of entrants will reach the national eliminations this year and stand a chance to be one of the 12 teams to compete in the final event to win the title of the best amateur 4x4 driver in Africa, and of course, the fantastic prizes that go with it," he said.
The course for 2006 would demand an even higher level of driving skill, van der Merwe added.
Event co-ordinator Jonathan Deal said: "In 2005, we pledged to provide a value-for-money experience where every team is treated as a client and we did just that. In 2006 we?re offering even more excitement with varied competition elements and more GPS focus. Our sponsors are also hard at work to showcase and supply the latest 4x4 equipment and on-site advice for teams."
- Regional heats at appointed venues around the country from March 1 to June 30
- National eliminations in the Kalahari from May 22 to July 30
- Final event in Namibia from August 31 to September 9
Entries opened at Mitsubishi Dealers, Safari Centre and on the website here or hereon December 1.