After five tough events and more than 2 800 kilometres of gruelling cross country racing in South Africa and Botswana, the final round of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series, (SACCS) will take competitors, crews and supporters to the popular Free State town of Parys where the scores will be settled and the 2019 titles will be determined on the weekend of 1 and 2 November.
The sixth and final round of the SACCS will take place from the Parys Aerodrome on the outskirts of the vibrant weekend tourist destination situated on the banks of the Vaal River. Parys is an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and ideally located for enthusiasts from Gauteng as well as the Free State to visit and experience action packed Cross Country racing. This event will also be the third new event on the 2019 SACCS calendar and a level playing field for all will add spice to the final title battles.
With seven weeks after the Harrismith 400 on 13 and 14 September to prepare for the final event, competitors and crews in the Production and Special Vehicle categories as well as the Side x Side National Championship will be ready and eager to produce the goods and spectacular action can be expected at the Parys 400.
The event is envisaged to run to the east of Parys and early preparations are well underway.
“We are extremely excited about this new event in Parys and the co-operation and enthusiasm from the local community has been excellent,” said Archie Rutherford, SACCS CEO. “It has been an exciting season so far and if the various championship standings at the halfway mark are anything to go by, an epic battle can be expected at the sixth and final round where the titles will be finalised,” Rutherford stated.
Parys is situated on the border of the Free State and the North-West Province with the main agricultural industry being cattle, peanuts, sorghum, sunflowers and maize. Parys is also known for the largest wild olive forest in South Africa as well as the largest indoor arena and the largest thatched structure in the Southern Hemisphere. This charming little town has acquired a reputation as an arts and antique hub and with 18 restaurants and 10 coffee shops as well as various activities in and around town and the occasion to experience adrenaline-pumping cross country racing, a weekend at Parys is the perfect way to round off the 2019 SACCS season.
The Parys 400 will include a qualifying race on Friday, 1 November and an action-packed race on Saturday, 2 November where there will be ample opportunities for spectators to get up close and personal with their racing heroes and experience the racing action from various vantage points along the route.
The Parys Aerodrome will be the hub of activity over the weekend with Race Headquarters, the start, finish and the Designated Service Park located there. Access to the facility is free of charge.