BONUS - RUSTENBURG - It is time for the nerves to kick in as the organisers of the SA Rally-Raid Championship have finalised the arrangements for the Mpumalanga 400, the season opener that takes place on 25 and 26 March in the Dullstroom area and with this first round classified as a Super Event, there will be even more action on both race days in the scenic trout-fishing mecca.
And with the adapted C-19 Regulations, spectators will be welcomed back at the Start/Finish and Designated Service Park (DSP) of the Mpumalanga 400, situated at the Village Green Cricket Oval in Dullstroom. Published C-19 regulations will, however, still apply. New classes, sponsors, vehicles and teams, including competitors who have successfully returned from the Dakar Rally will be in action on what promises to be a demanding but enjoyable race route in a spectacular area, are all contributing factors to this event setting the tone for the rest of an exciting season to follow.
The racing action for the Production and Special Vehicle Categories will start early on Friday, 25 March when a short 20 kilometre Qualifying Race will kick off the Mpumalanga 400 Super Event at 10:15. The results of the Qualifying Race will determine the starting order for loop one of the Main Race that will commence at 13:00 on Friday. With the first 100 kilometres on the clock, competitors will take on loops two and three on Saturday, 26 March with the leading vehicle leaving the Village Green Cricket Oval in Dullstroom at 08:00 to tackle the short spectator stage on the outskirts of Dullstroom before heading into the scenic Tonteldoos section.
The finish of the 2022 Mpumalanga 400 will be at the Village Green Oval for teams who successfully completed the 360 kilometre event. With a full field in both the Production and Special Vehicle Categories expected at the season opener, spectators and enthusiasts will be in for a treat. It is all about going for gold and aiming for the championships, teams score points towards their separate class championships and the overall standings in either the Production or Special Vehicle Categories.
During the race, the action can be followed on the RallySafe App that is available, at no charge, on the Google Play Store or the iStore. Information will also be available on the Telegram App.