Kyalami’s thrills and spills

More than 30 en­tries have been re­ceived, with the cream of the crop of rac­ing driv­ers com­pet­ing

The New Age (Gauteng) - - GAUTENG NEWS - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@the­newage.co.za

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.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK: The re­vamped Kyalami Grand Prix cir­cuit race track will host its sec­ond Motorsport Fes­ti­val to­mor­row.

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