Kyalami’s thrills and spills
More than 30 entries have been received, with the cream of the crop of racing drivers competing
PETROLHEADS are revved up for the second Motorsport Festival tomorrow at the revamped Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre.
This is the second time Kyalami is hosting the festival, which offers thrills and spills for the entire family.
On track highlights will include the Sasol Global Touring Car (GTC) as well as a fleet of new SA GT3 cars set to take to the track for the first time in the G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races.
The second round of the Sasol GTC championship will see the cream of South Africa’s race drivers fighting it out with South African champion Michael Stephen’s Audi, Gennaro Bonafede and Johan Fourie’s BMWs and the factory Volkswagens among the frontrunners and the best of Volkswagen, Mini and Honda’s hot hatches slugging it out in GTC 2.
Talking hatchbacks, it’s hard to beat the Engen Volkswagen Cup or Investech Formula 1600 action fought out among South Africa’s most exciting new racing talents dicing for national honours in identical equipment with both the tin-tops and open wheelers and promising to be the races of the day.
“With well over 30 entries already received, race fans can expect these races to live up to their ‘extreme’ billing.” All of them will be out to beat wellknown motor-business entrepreneur, visionary and successful race driver Kyalami boss Toby Venter.
He also happens to hold the current official Kyalami lap record and whose “team is preparing his new Porsche for the big day,” he said.
The original Kyalami circuit was built in 1961 and hosted 18 rounds of the F1 World Championship from 1967 until 1985.
The facility continued to host local and international motorsport including various rounds of the World Superbike Championship and A1GP until 2010.
Thereafter, the grand dame of racing began losing its lustre, shedding its international status and was put up for auction in 2014. When the hammer fell at the auction on July 24, 2014, motorsport fans, both locally and internationally, were relieved that the grandeur of their beloved race facility would be restored.
“Kyalami’s first race meeting at the refurbished Kyalami Grand Prix circuit last year was a great success and the circuit is now preparing for its second race day at its first meeting of the 2017 season, in a spectacular showpiece featuring seven of South Africa’s premier race series,” Christo Kruger, public relations manager said.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: The revamped Kyalami Grand Prix circuit race track will host its second Motorsport Festival tomorrow.