The town of Lichtenburg in the North-West Province as well as the surrounding areas are in the final process of preparations for the Lichtenburg 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS). Although the town did not have too much time to get the wheels rolling, they are ready and looking forward to welcoming the racing stars, their roaring race vehicles, back-up and service crews as well as hundreds of spectators and supporters on 13 and 14 September.
The extreme drought and windy conditions in the Harrismith area in the eastern Free State forced the relocation of the event and Lichtenburg stepped in as host. The town’s red carpet has been used for numerous national cross country events over the last few decades and will again be rolled out. Local businesses, organisations, cross country enthusiasts and the community are all throwing their weight behind this event and will be providing food and beverages, security and other infrastructure requirements at the showgrounds where all the action will be happening from.
Lichtenburg will be a hive of activity a day or two before the race and as the colourful trucks enter the town and make their way to the showgrounds, the town will start to fill-up with race teams, crews, supporters and spectators. This influx of visitors will handsomely contribute to the economy of the town as accommodation, restaurants and eateries, filling stations and commodity stores all benefit from the event being hosted here.
As a gesture of their appreciation to the community and landowners, without whom the Lichtenburg 400 would not be able to take place, SACCS launched a charity initiative that embraces a disadvantaged school in the race area.
The school Noordhoek Primary, has been identified by SACCS with input from the local farmers and will benefit from this social responsibility initiative.
SACCS will be donating school shoes, collected by Neil Woolridge Motorsport from the factory in KwaZulu-Natal and transported to Lichtenburg and Total gift bags to the school on Friday, 13 September. The children will also have the opportunity to meet the teams and experience the action in the service park during their visit on Friday.
On Friday the racing action will get underway with the Qualifying Race at 13:00 from the showgrounds. The results of this race are used to determine the starting order for the main race on Saturday when the first vehicle will be on the road at 08:00. Spectator guides and route maps will be available from the SACCS Race Headquarters at the showgrounds and enthusiasts will be able to get up close to the racing action from the various spectator points along the route.
As the second last event on the 2019 SACCS calendar, the Lichtenburg 400 promises to be an exciting affair and the racing area, known as the spiritual home of cross country racing, will contribute to the action-packed weekend.