Mooi River off road racing

Mooi River offroad racing
Mooi River offroad racing

Atlas Copco Ford Racing is aiming to capitalise on its strong podium finish at the season-opening race of the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country Championship when the series heads to Mooi River for round two, the Toyota Dealer 450, on 4 and 5 April. It will be the second entirely new route in as many races, as the event has moved to the Mooi River area in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time after alternating between Richmond and Eston in recent seasons. The move to Mooi River  is in line with the South African Off Road Car Racing Association (SANORA) aim of taking events to new areas and creating a broader audience for cross country racing. “As with the opening round in Harrismith, the Toyota Dealer 450 will be completely new to all the teams, so should be in with a fighting chance to secure some good results. The Mooi River area is rough, rocky and very technical in the forest sections, and the recent heavy rains will make it even tougher, particularly with all the river crossings. It will be a very demanding event on both man and machine. The race headquarters, start/finish and designated service park for the Toyota Dealer 450 will be based at the Weston Agricultural College on the outskirts of Mooi River, on the old road to Greytown. The route for the qualifying and two race loops that make up the 450 km event crisscross the R622 between Mooi River and Greytown. The 100 km qualifying race to determine grid positions sets off at 11:30 on Friday 4 April, and the race starts at 08:30 on Saturday 5 April with two 175 km loops and a compulsory 15 minute service at the end of the first loop. There are seven designated spectator points along the route, all easily accessible from race headquarters, with good viewing and plenty of close-up action, according to the organisers.

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