04 Sep TRACN4 National Rally races into Bronkhorstspruit
Bronkhorstspruit will be revved to the max when the country’s top rally drivers head to the Mpumalanga-based farming town for the 2019 TRACN4 National Rally in September.
As this is the first time that TRAC is sponsoring a leg of the South African Rally Championship series, in partnership with the National Rally Championship (NRC), it made sense to host the event in the rally-loving town which runs parallel to the N4 Toll Route.
The rally will be held over two days, on 27 and 28 September, with the official start and end at the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, on the R104 Old Bronkhorstspruit Road. The rally kicks off at 14h00. Day two will see a spectacular gravel stage, that promises some adrenaline-filled spectating.
The TRACN4 Rally is the penultimate leg of the seven-leg series and participants will go all out to make the most of the race and ensure that they enter the final stage in the best possible position.
Some of the SA Rally Championships’ top drivers will be putting each other and their cars to the test – from Guy Botteril in his 1600cc normally aspirated Etios and AC Potgieter in his 1000cc turbo charged Polo, to the Zambian Wild Cat teams and Rory Eland and Johan Strauss, in their four-wheel drive Subaru. The favourite classic cars, such as Etienne Malherbe’s Datsun SSS and Natie Booysen’s and Ashleigh McKenzie’s Ford Escorts, and a bunch of regional rally competitors’ cars are also sure to set the dirt roads of this small town alight.
The 2019 TRACN4 National Rally is Round 6 of the NRC, which has been in full swing since March this year. The first round was hosted in Caledon and Klipdale, in the Western Cape; while Sabie in the Lowveld played host to Round 2. Round 3 was held in Heidelberg and Delmas, in Gauteng and Mpumalanga respectively. Round 4 took place in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, but unfortunately came to an abrupt halt when organisers had to cancel day two of the event due to a severe downpour. Round 5 was hosted in the sugar cane region of Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal, and proved to be quite challenging and technical.
TRAC’s sponsorship of this exciting event goes hand-in-hand with our corporate social investment (CSI) commitment to communities along our route. The rally will not only bring fun and entertainment to the town but will also boost the local economy. Hundreds of rally enthusiasts are expected to converge in the town to catch a glimpse of their favourite South African rally drivers and teams, bringing huge economic spinoffs to the local community.
TRAC will also add a road safety element to the event, through our child-minding station situated at the rally’s headquarters at the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. This facility, as well as the rally, will be free of charge. It will be manned by TRAC’s promotional team, which has vast experience in children’s activities.
“Being in the road infrastructure industry, it made sense for us to sponsor a car race. Although it involves speed, it does so in restricted areas and only by professionals who are trained and experienced in the sport,” explains TRAC’s CSI Manager Adri Fourie. “We believe this will be a fun, adrenalin-filled event that local communities can prosper from and enjoy.”
Details of the rally will be posted on the SARallying Facebook pages in the run up to the event. Let’s get ready to Rally!
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