Off- road bike and quad champs re­turn to shar­ing events with cars

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - CHAR­MAINE FOR­TUNE

THE South African Na­tional Of­fRoad Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Cham­pi­onship will in fu­ture be run un­der the aus­pices of Sanora.

Sanora ad­min­is­ters the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Mo­tor Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship and has now also ac­quired the rights to or­gan­ise the South African Na­tional Off- Road Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Cham­pi­onship.

This is in terms of an agree­ment be­tween Sanora and Mo­tor­sport South Africa ( MSA), the controlling body for mo­tor­sport in South Africa, with the mo­tor­cy­cle and quad se­ries pre­vi­ously ad­min­is­tered by Dirt Rac­ing Pro­mo­tions.

“We are ex­cited about the de­vel­op­ment that will be of ben­e­fit to both cham­pi­onships,” said Sanora CEO Siegfried Rousseau.

“Two sep­a­rate na­tional cham­pi­onships run­ning side by side is good com­mer­cial logic for all the stake­hold­ers and com­peti­tors.”

“The off- road mo­tor­cy­cle and quad se­ries is healthy and well run, and Sanora will ap­ply the same sound busi­ness phi­los­o­phy, man­age­ment struc­tures and pro­fes­sion­al­ism that sets the Don­ald­son Cham­pi­onship apart from other mo­tor rac­ing cham­pi­onships in South Africa.”

Rousseau added that by tak­ing the cross coun­try car, mo­tor­cy­cle and quad cham­pi­onships si­mul­ta­ne­ously to the same area al­lowed for en­hanced spec­ta­tor ap­peal, and strength­ened the eco­nomic im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties where events took place.

SIEGFRIED ROUSSEAU Sanora CEO “It is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing year for the car, mo­tor­cy­cle and quad com­peti­tors with a great deal of po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.”

The two cham­pi­onships will share the same venue in the first event of the year in Vry­burg, in Botswana in mid- sea­son and at We­stonaria in the fi­nal event of the sea­son.

The mo­tor­cy­cle and quad cham­pi­onship will also take in events in KwaZulu- Na­tal and the Western Cape.

The cham­pi­onship will be scored over six rounds spread over the five events, with the Botswana out­ing count­ing for two rounds.

Rousseau said it is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing year for the car, mo­tor­cy­cle and quad com­peti­tors with a great deal of po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.

The aim of both cham­pi­onships is to cre­ate fam­ily ori­ented fun and ad­ven­ture with­out com­pro­mis­ing on strict safety meas- ures and con­trols. In the in­ter­ests of safety, cars and mo­tor­cy­cles/ quads would fol­low dif­fer­ent routes on events where the two cham­pi­onships share com­mon ground.

MSA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adrian Scholtz said it was re­ward­ing to see the off- road mo­tor­cy­cle and quad cham­pi­onship re­turn to its orig­i­nal home with the cross coun­try ve­hi­cles.

THE 2016 OFF- ROAD MO­TOR­CY­CLE AND QUAD CAL­EN­DAR

April 1- 2: Round 1, Vry­burg May 7: Round 2, Dundee June 24- 26: Rounds 3 and 4, Jwa­neng, Botswana Au­gust 26- 27: Round 5, Western Cape Oc­to­ber 28- 29: Round 6, We­stonaria.

PHOTO: PIERRE RETIEF / SPORTPICS. CO. ZA

Jadene and Cheye­nee de Lima from Westville and Am­ber McGre­gor from Amamz­in­toti, seen here af­ter com­pet­ing in Round 7 of KZN’s Re­gional cham­pi­onships held on Novem­ber 15 at Cato Ridge can next year share cross coun­try fa­cil­i­ties with the cars.

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