SA Rally-Raid Championship to grace Bronkhorstspruit

Not having raced at Bronkhorstspruit since 2020, some competitors might have to sharpen their memories, while it will be a new racing experience for others.

The #TeamHilux Rally-Raid Bronkhorstspruit, the third round of the SA Rally-Raid Championship that takes place in the Bronkhorstspruit area on the outskirts of Gauteng, will present teams with an enjoyable route, and if the competition thus far this season is anything to go by, the spectators will be spoilt with exciting racing action.

With a seven-week hiatus since the gruelling TGRSA 1000 Desert Race at Upington, the teams will be ready and looking forward to take on the next round of the series. After not racing in Bronkhorstspruit during the 2021 season, this will remind them why this event has become so popular over the years.

With the season consisting of seven rounds, the #TeamHilux Rally-Raid Bronkhorstspruit will also represent the halfway mark of the 2022 SA Rally-Raid Championship with more valuable points towards the various title chases in the production vehicle and special vehicle championships up for grabs.

Fouche and Bertus Blignaut.

The #TeamHilux Rally-Raid Bronkhorstspruit returns to the same popular venue, now called the Soetdoring Restaurant just outside town, where the race headquarters, designated service point (DSP) and the start/finish of the race will be situated.

On Friday August 19, the wheels will start turning at 12:00 when teams take on the short 15km Pirelli Qualifying Race with the results determining the starting order for the 83km loop one that starts at 14:00. There will be a total of three neutralisation sections in the loop, of which two will be a kilometre in distance and one will be 5km.

The results of loop one will again determine the starting positions for the first of the two 160km loops on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning, August 20, loop two will start at 08:00 from the Soetdoring Restaurant and after teams have completed it, there will be a compulsory 30min service break at the DSP before they tackle loop three. There will be three neutralisation sections in the loop – two short 1km sections and a longer 14km section.

Eben Basson and Leander Pienaar.

According to the SA Rally-Raid Route’s director, Rudi Muller, the route will consist of mostly hardpack and smooth roads around cultivated fields with rocky and technical sections making up 20% of the route.

Spectators are welcome to view the action along the route, and with Bronkhorstspruit just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and half an hour from Pretoria and eMalahleni, it will be easy to get to the race. The #TeamHilux Rally-Raid Bronkhorstspruit promises to be as enjoyable for the competitors as it will be for the supporting spectators.

Source: MotorPress
Photos: Andre Schoeman

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