Af­ford­able Su­per Sprint

New event for Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship in 2016 adds var­ied race dis­tances

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - CHAR­MAINE FOR­TUNE

SANORA and the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Mo­tor Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship have an­nounced new plans to in­no­vate the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship in 2016.

A one- day Su­per Sprint event has been added to next year’s cal­en­dar with the Don­ald­son Cham­pi­onship to be run over seven rounds.

The 200- kilo­me­tre Su­per Sprint event will run along­side three 450- kilo­me­tre sprint events, two 650- kilo­me­tre en­durance out­ings and the marathon Toy­ota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana.

Side- by- side cham­pi­onships

The 2016 sea­son will also see the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship share venues with three South African Na­tional Off- Road Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Cham­pi­onship races.

Sanora has ac­quired the rights to ad­min­is­ter the mo­tor­cy­cle and quad se­ries and three events in Vry­burg, Botswana and We­stonaria will see the two cham­pi­onships run side by side over sep­a­rate routes.

“The Don­ald­son Cham­pi­onship mix in 2015 of sprint events, longer en­durance races and the Botswana marathon race was a ma­jor suc­cess,” said Sanora CEO Siegfried Rousseau.

“The one- day Su­per Sprint race takes the con­cept a step fur­ther and, apart from pro­vid­ing for an af­ford­able event, adds to the cham­pi­onship menu of var­ied race dis­tances, ter­rain and chal­lenges.”

The Su­per Sprint will in­clude a 30- kilo­me­tre qual­i­fy­ing race to de­ter­mine grid po­si­tions, with the main race to be run over two 100- kilo­me­tre loops with twominute dust gaps be­tween the com­peti­tors to add fur­ther va­ri­ety to the new race for­mat.

There will be a com­pul­sory 20minute ser­vice halt at the end of the first of the two loops.

Fol­low­ing a trend set over the last couple of sea­sons, se­lected Don­ald­son na­tional cham­pi­onship events will run in con­junc­tion with rounds of the North­ern Re­gions and KwaZulu- Na­tal re­gional cham­pi­onships.

Four North­ern Re­gions events and two KZN race will run along­side na­tional races.

The sea­son opens with the RFS En­durance in Vry­burg in North West prov­ince and is fol­lowed by the Su­per Sprint and the flag­ship Toy­ota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana.

The Su­per Sprint will be held at a Gaut­eng venue yet to be an­nounced.

The Toy­ota 1000 Desert Race is fol­lowed by two sprint events, the Nko­mazi 450 in Malalane in Mpumalanga and the KZN 450 in Dundee in KZN and the Har­ri­smith 650 En­durance in the Free State.

In re­cent sea­sons this has been the open­ing event of the Don­ald­son se­ries, but next year moves to a later slot on the cal­en­dar.

The fi­nal event in the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship will be the At­las Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand.

The RFS En­durance, Su­per Sprint, Nko­mazi 450 and At­las Copco Gold 450 will in­clude rounds of the North­ern Re­gions cham­pi­onship with the KZN 450 in Dundee and the Har­ri­smith 650 En­durance in­clud­ing rounds of the KZN re­gional cham­pi­onship.

“The mix of­fered by the Don­ald­son se­ries and the na­tional off- road mo­tor­cy­cle and quad cham­pi­onship means there is a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing for ev­ery­one dur­ing the course of the year,” said Rousseau.

“The three Don­ald­son Cham­pi­onship events to run along­side the off- road mo­tor­cy­cles and quads en­sure en­thu­si­asts will be spoilt for choice.

“Sanora is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing com­pet­i­tive rac­ing that is safe, af­ford­able and fun for the whole fam­ily and all the signs are there for a sea­son that ticks all the right boxes.”

2016 CROSS COUN­TRY DATES

April 1- 2: RFS En­durance, Vry­burg May 7: Su­per Sprint, Gaut­eng June 24- 26: Toy­ota 1000 Desert Race, Jwa­neng, Botswana July 29- 30: KZN 450, Dundee Au­gust 26- 27: Nko­mazi 450, Malalane Septem­ber 30 to Oc­to­ber 1: Har­ri­smith En­durance Oc­to­ber 28- 29: At­las Copco Gold 450, We­stonaria.

PHOTO: PIERRE RETIEF/ SPORTPICS. CO. ZA

Chirs de Wit and Brian Clifton drove their Toy­ota Corolla to a fine first place in the re­cent Scot­tair Drum­dar­roch Rally Sprint.

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