World Rallycross Championship

  • 2017 WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO CAPE TOWN

    It’s all systems go as Cape Town prepares to host Africa’s first World Rallycross Championships over the weekend of 11 – 12 November 2017.

    At a recent media launch, the FIA World Rallycross management announced that the final leg of the international championship would take place at the Killarney Raceway in the Mother City.

    The Cape Town leg of World RX is the only new addition to the rallycross calendar in 2017 and marks the first time that the World Championship has visited the continent of Africa. Dating back to 1947, Killarney International Raceway has the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain and is based just ten miles outside the city of Cape Town.

    The Western Cape had its first taste of international Formula One racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was held at Killarney back in 1960. Since then, the complex has grown and hosts several forms of main circuit racing as well as motocross, karting, stock cars and drag racing.

    The new rallycross circuit at Killarney is about a third of the size of the main circuit and is twisty in nature with a jump. The gravel and asphalt track will use sections of the existing circuit between Turn 2 (Engen Corner) and Turn 3 (Rose Foundation Corner). Several low level grandstands around the stock car oval have already been demolished and will be replaced by larger structures. A grass bank for spectators is currently under construction.

    World RX drivers Petter Solberg (pictured above) and Rene Muennich tested the new track recently along with RX2 Champion, Cyril Raymond. Solberg said: "We have so much passion for coming to new places, driving at new circuits and I’m very happy to come here. It’s fantastic that IMG is taking the World Championship to a new continent. It’s great to have a local hero Jon Williams confirmed to compete at his home round too. The track looks very technical in places and it’s all about being flat out. My father-in-law drove some rallies in South Africa in the 1980s so it’s quite interesting because what we are doing is bringing at least 150 people from Scandinavia down to experience this part of the world again."

    Deputy Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson added: "With World RX coming to South Africa, we really have an event of great value and international exposure coming to our city. To have a three-year deal in place is fantastic news and means we’re really able to build the brand here in Cape Town. For the country as a whole, that has value too. The economic benefit in Cape Town helps the country as a whole. We not only have the drivers, teams and families but I think primarily for us the TV and international media coverage is where the real value lies, which will really help to put Cape Town on the map."

    Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: "It’s very important for us to come to South Africa. This is the only FIA World Championship to have a round staged in sub-Saharan African. We felt the country was right for a World Championship – I can’t think of any better place in the world to visit in November than Cape Town. We want the crowd to come down to Killarney and get behind the likes of their home driver Jon Williams who will be competing in November."

    Tickets for Cape Town RX can be purchased at www.ticketpros.co.za

    For more information, visit www.capetownrx.com

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