This year’s route will include central Durban, around Kings Park as well as the area around the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Suncoast Casino, and sugar cane territory on the south coast near Scottburgh.
Renamed the Total Rally from the Total Tour Natal Rally, this year’s event will comprise 16 technical stages, including 203 kilometres of racing stages and 549 kilometres of open sections. There will also be two Super Special stages, which could be a world rallying first.
Nadia Vosloo, Total Brand and Communications Manager, said:“We wanted to add super stages on tarmac to the rally to enable more spectators to enjoy the spectacle that is motorsport, and to do that we needed space.
The Suncoast Casino and the area around the Moses Mabhida Stadium provided just that and we are looking forward to a fantastic, crowd-pleasing event with three times as many stands as last year.”
Close to 15 000 to 20 000 fans are expected.
“As far as we know, these super special stages are a world first, pitting cars against each other on a course that runs in the same direction,” said Richard Vaughan, spokesman for the Natal Motorcycle and Car Club, which is arranging the rally.
Nadia Vosloo, Communications Manager at Total, said the prospect of staging such an event next to the World class stadium would boost the brand of the company and South Africa.
She was speaking to our online -exhausted of course -having just landed from Durban to attend the Wesbank Car of the Year this week in Midrand.
The economical spin-offs during the two-day event would boost tourism in the Province.