The Bronkhorstspruit 400, the fourth round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that will take place on 2 and 3 August, will not only provide teams in the Production and Special Vehicle categories as well as the Side x Side National Championship with a scenic and challenging route, but it will be the perfect outing for spectators and enthusiasts who will be able to experience the action and rub shoulders with their racing heroes.
The Bronkhorstspruit event will test cross country teams for the second consecutive year and the Soetdoring Function Venue, the hub of the event, will be familiar to most competitors and accommodate the start, finish, race headquarters and the designated service point (DSP). With the event taking place only 50 kilometres east of Tshwane just off the N4, it will be easy for spectators and visitors from Gauteng and Mpumalanga to be part of the racing activities during the weekend.
The Bronkhorstspruit 400 will consist of a 60 kilometre Qualifying Race on Friday, 2 August that will start at 13:30 after teams have completed the necessary documentation and vehicle scrutineering. The Qualifying Race determines the starting order for the main race on Saturday, 3 August which will start at 08:00 and comprises a 180 kilometre loop competitors will have to complete twice. After the first loop at the halfway mark of the event, teams will return to DSP for a 30 minute compulsory service break before taking on the second part of the race at 12:00.
Competitors can look forward to typical highveld terrain with some fast sections, undulating terrain, a few rocky ridges as well as hardpack sections. Dry and dusty conditions will form part of the challenge as the rainy season has not yet started and the ideal strategy will include patience combined with perfect timing and the reliability of race vehicles.
From the Soetdoring Function Venue, the route for the 2019 Bronkhorstspruit 400 will turn towards the N4 in an easterly direction and will follow the N4 with plenty of spectating opportunities. An exciting new 3 kilometre stadium section only 400 metres from the start/finish venue will be an ideal vantage point with lots of racing action guaranteed. From the stadium section, the route heads towards Wilgespruit before turning south towards the farms of Nooitgedacht and back to Soetdoring via the farms Witklip and Groenfontein.
Spectators will be able to follow the race and the progress of their favourite teams from various vantage points along the route. Spectator guides will be available from the SACCS website as well as race headquarters. Cross Country enthusiasts at the Bronkhorstspruit 400 and those not at the event, will be able to follow the race by means of the RallySafe App where maps, race times, results and other relevant information will be available. The App can be downloaded free on iOS and Android devices.
Food, beverages and tasty treats will be on sale at the Soetdoring venue throughout the weekend.
SACCS would also like to extend their appreciation to the landowners and community who willingly support the event by donating 200 pairs of school shoes to the Ubuhle Christian School. The school serves the local farming community of Bronkhorstspruit and has 275 pupils. As a Mission School, the focus of the school is on orphans and vulnerable primary school learners while it also caters for learners with special intellectual support requirements.