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.
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!"