Rallycross returns to the City

2019-10-29 06:01

An all-out battle to be crowned World Rallycross Champion and fierce competition for a podium place will thrill spectators at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November.

The two leaders are just one single point apart.

The season finale, World Rallycross of South Africa, will see supercars accelerating faster than Formula 1’s and international drivers with matching reflexes burning up the Killarney circuit of tar, dirt, straights, tight corners and airborne jumps battling for the world driver and car crown.

The world finale is brought to Cape Town’s Killarney track by IMG, The City of Cape Town and well-known SA event organiser WorldSport.

Under the agreement with the City of Cape Town, the championship will also visit Cape Town in 2020 and 2021.

The top three Supercar drivers are Andreas Bakkerud (Audi S1) and brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208) with a field of 35 drivers in the chase.

The four-wheel drive turbocharged 2 litre WRX supercars produce 450kW and 900Nm of torque, catapulting the cars from zero to 100km/h in just 1.9 seconds, faster than Formula 1’s. The RX2 car category is just as hotly contested with Oliver Eriksson, Jesse Kallio and Ben-Philip Gundersen in the top three and 23 more drivers in pursuit.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Total racing team this year and to have them bring Total’s ethos to life at WRX. They’re equipped with undeniable talent and we have no doubt that they will dominate this year and add to our successes,” said Baxolile Msomi, corporate communications and marketing manager of Total South Africa.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said: “Cape Town has long been an event hub for exciting, adrenalin sports like motor racing, with a recent display of a Formula 1 car’s acceleration in our streets. The City of Cape Town is proud to once again host the World Rallycross Championship at Killarney. The drivers and their lightning fast cars will experience not only fierce competition, but everything Cape Town and its people have to offer – from the backdrop of Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, our beaches, vineyards, culture and entertainment.

“Exciting events such as this one not only showcase our city, but are a significant contributor to the local economy, jobs for Capetonians and international marketing of our destination. We welcome the WRX racers and all the visitors from abroad and elsewhere in South Africa.”

Paul Bellamy, senior vice president of IMG Motorsports, the promotor of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “I am delighted to confirm that through our partnership with the City of Cape Town, we are extending our presence in South Africa for a further two years.

“Since its entry on the World RX calendar in 2017, Cape Town has become a mainstay of the championship and a must-visit destination for local and international rallycross fans.”

Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO of WorldSport, the newly appointed delivery partners, says: “Motorsport is a fundamental part of Cape Town culture – the World Rallycross Championship teams display the same competitiveness on track and post-race camaraderie as our local drivers – which makes it such a joy to experience first-hand. Our aim is to make it a weekend of racing the whole family can enjoy.”

Des Easom, executive manager of Killarney International Raceway, said: “The World Rallycross championship is the most exciting form of motorsport featuring some of the best drivers in the world and also offers a full day of family entertainment on and off the track. With the championship being wide open with only one point separating the two championship contenders, we are certainly in for an absorbing final round of the championship.”

V Tickets are available through www.quicket.co.za.

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