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2017-01-13 11:17

KILLARNEY'S WRX TRACK REVEALED: Killarney racetrack in Cape Town will host the first ever World Rallycross event in Africa later in 2017. Image: Motorpress

Cape Town - In September 2016, Wheels24 announced the Killarney race circuit in Cape Town will host the final round of the World Rallycross Championship in November 2017 as part of a new multi-year deal with Championship promoter, IMG.

The event will mark first time that a rallycross event will take place in Africa. 

World Rallycross, this week revealed the final FIA approved circuit diagram of the new FIA World Rallycross Championship circuit at Killarney. 

Season-finale 

The statement said: The circuit, which is 1.060kms in length, will host the final round of World RX this season (11-12 November) with preparations of the new unsealed (loose) sections well under construction.

Cars will launch away from the start line in November down a straight into a high-speed braking area for turn one, a long right-hander that tightens into a sharp right-hand corner for turn two. The circuit then changes from sealed to unsealed surface for the first time, quickly followed by a left-hand corner (turn three) before returning to tarmac (sealed) for a straight run into the tight right-left turns four and five, back onto unsealed surface.

A first for SA motorsport: World Rallycross to be held at Killarney

Turn six is a long right-hand corner that tightens, while the joker lap will split left, running around the outside initially on tarmac before tightening into a right-hander (turn 6a), back onto an unsealed surface. The standard and joker laps merge as the circuit re-joins the sealed surface that takes cars into a heavy braking area and the left-right of turn seven and eight, then over the finish line.

Image: World Rallycross

Two-time World RX champion Petter Solberg said: "I expect South Africa to become a fantastic event."

The Norwegian announced a new partnership with Johan Kristoffersson and Volkswagen Motorsport for 2017.

He said: "What more would a motorsport loving crowd want than a full World RX display of the roughest and fastest cars on the planet racing each other? I will for sure be there fighting for the season finale win!" 


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