There will be a total of 15 stages, seven on Friday and eight on Saturday, with 12 on gravel (five in the Longmore Forest), two on tar and one a combination of tar and paving. Total special stage distance is some 180 kilometres out of a total rally route distance of around 500 kilometres.
Seasoned Rally watchers will know exactly where each of the stages mentioned below are taking place.
A ‘shake-down’ gravel special stage in the Jagtvlakte area near the VW factory in Uitenhage will take place between 08:00 and 11:00 on Thursday, 10 July 2014.
- The official start is at 12:00 on Friday from the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage, competitors then travel directly to Greenbushes for a brand new, 16-kilometre gravel special stage on the property of the PE Oval track.
- The first of the five stages in the Longmore forest, the 19-kilometre Culturama, will be Stage 2 on Friday.
- Stage 3 will be on a new, 15-kilometre stage in the Gamtoos Valley that finishes on the outskirts of Hankey.
- Then it’s back into the forests for the traditional PPC stage over 25 kilometres
- Gamtoos Valley is the scene for Stage 5, called Melon and covering some 10 kilometres.
- The first of the town tar stages, Stage 6, is a short 600-metre course in the parking lot of Fountains Mall alongside the N2 highway in Jeffrey’s Bay.
- The day’s finale, Stage 7, will again be over 1,6 kilometres in the streets of J-Bay, which proved so popular with the locals last year.
- Saturday’s action starts at 07:00 from the PE Oval facility with a brand new super special stage eight featuring a cross-over bridge that has been built alongside the oval track.
- Saturday’s second stage will be a repeat of Friday’s opening stage on the PE Oval property, but will be a kilometre shorter.
- Then it’s into the forests for a repeat of Culturama in Stage 10.
- Stage 11 will be a repeat of the Melon stage, but in reverse direction.
- Competitors then gaet a second run through PPC in the forest on Stage 12.
- Stage 13 is a reverse of Culturama that was first used last year and called Sinkdam.
- The penultimate stage is a repeat of the PE Oval super special.
- Breaking with tradition, there will no longer be a super special stage in the parking area at King’s Beach in Port Elizabeth. This year the rally will end at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with a 1,4-kilometre special stage around the tar and paved perimeter of the stadium.
The first car is expected at the finish at around 14:15 and a podium prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium at 16:15.
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