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2017-11-07 06:00
The new rallycross world championship circuit at Killarney.PHOTO: Colin Brown

The new rallycross world championship circuit at Killarney.PHOTO: Colin Brown

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The beasts have landed for the first ever Gumtree South Africa World RX event.

Teams will be given a chance to settle in and set up for the weekend at Killarney.

They have promised to come show off at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday at 12:30 when they will be driving through the Waterfront before parking in the square in front of the ferris wheel.

While the final round of the Gumtree FIA World Rallycross Championship on Saturday and Sunday will be quite unlike any other major motorsport meeting ever staged in South Africa, it is going to be ideal for local petrol heads.

In addition to the grandstands that are close to the racing, there’s the raised bank on the west (or river) side of the complex that is being offered to spectators at a special price.

No cars will be allowed in this area, from where the view of the racing, even at grass level, is also virtually unimpeded.

Saturday begins with practice sessions, followed by a variety of other events, including an aerobatic display by the Silver ­Falcons.

Sunday starts with the final qualifying sessions. After that, the racing is split up into a series of snappy heats, semi-finals and finals – with limited entries in each of them – for MSA Rally cars, RX2 Rallycross cars and World RX Supercars. The RX2 category for 310-bhp, mid-engined, all-wheel-drive missiles was only launched this year.

Gaps between races will be filled with drifting and stunting, the monster riot rig, pit walks for different groups of spectators and displays by the Silver Falcons,

Drivers include Johan Kristoffersson, who has already clinched this year’s world title in his VW Polo Supercar.

Petter Solberg, a former world rally and double rallycross champion, is second in a similar VW Polo, but only a single point ahead of Audi S1 driver Mattias Ekstrom, who was the German Touring Car (DTM) titleholder for two seasons and the top rallycross scorer last year.

Sebastien Loeb has won nine FIA world rally titles, finished second in the Le Mans 24-hour race and second in the gruelling Dakar Rally, and set a new record for the American Pikes Peak hill climb, where cars ascend to an altitude more than four times higher than Table Mountain.

Parking inside Killarney will be limited. There is parking in Potsdam Road, near the Blouberg Road T-junction.

Blouberg Primary School in Blouberg Road offers another alternative, with the trip from there to Killarney in a MyCiTi bus available. A MyCiTi stop is conveniently located at the Killarney entrance. Or park your two-wheeler at the track for R50 for two days.

All event and parking tickets are valid for both days, but must be bought online before the event at ticketpros.co.za.

Food and drinks may not be brought in and there will be a number of vendors around the circuit.

The clubhouse tuck shop will also be open. Braai equipment, umbrellas and folding chairs are not allowed. Cushions will be available.

V A limited number of tickets are still available at R700 for a grandstand seat and R400 for an unreserved ticket. Entry for children under 16 costs R220, while there is no charge for children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult.

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