A bumper festival of national and regional cross country motor racing will see the 2017 season go out with a bang at the Atlas Copco Gold 400 in Glenharvie on October 27 and 28.
The event will see the final rounds of both the Auto and Moto championships in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), and the final round of the Northern Regions championship. An exciting season has seen some outstanding racing throughout all the categories, and with a number of championships still to be decided it will be white knuckle time for competitors who are in with a chance of lifting titles.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service park will all be situated at the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie, with the Auto and Moto competitors utilising separate routes on both Friday and Saturday. The Moto brigade has not raced since the Harrismith 400 in July, and will be particularly keen to get back into action.
The Moto time trial will be run over a 50 kilometre route at 12:45 on Friday, October 27 with the main event to be run over three laps of 100 kilometres staring at 07:15 the following day. There are a number of changes from last year, but the route offers a good variety of terrain with plenty of spectator viewing areas.
The qualifying race for national Auto competitors will be run over a 40 kilometre route starting at 14:00 on Friday, October 27. The main event will start at 08:30 on October 28 and will be run over two laps of 160 kilometres.
There will be a compulsory service halt and regroup after the first loop and the race will restart at 12:00. At least 30 percent of this year’s route has not been used before, and competitors will relish the fact that some of the tricky mountain sections have been bypassed.
The Northern Regions competitors will complete one lap of 210 kilometres on Saturday, October 28 and will be flagged away after the national competitors.
“Although some of the mountain sections are not a part of this year’s route the course will still be a challenge,” said route director Adri Roets. “It is a compact event and at this time of the year the weather will be unpredictable.
“There are plenty of choice spots along the entire route which offer good spectating.”
There will be free public entry to race headquarters and spectator points along the route with the local Glenharvie Combination school providing a variety of tasty refreshments throughout the weekend.
Glenharvie is within easy reach of Johannesburg and surrounding areas and is easily accessible to centres on the West Rand. But cross country fans can also follow the race from home or at the office on the RallySafe app for iOS and Android devices.
The App can be downloaded free of charge and enables enthusiasts to track the cars on a detailed map, download split times and access results.