Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit again Africa’s premier mo­tor­ing fa­cil­ity

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE phased re­fur­bish­ment at the Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit, which com­menced in May 2015, is in its fi­nal stages.

Phase one of the project, which in­cluded a com­pre­hen­sive re­design and up­grade of the now 4,522 km race cir­cuit, is com­plete. The new lay­out re­ceived a spe­cialised as­phalt sur­face and sub­stan­tial up­grades to driver, race of­fi­cial and spec­ta­tor safety, in ac­cor­dance with FIA grad­ing.

In the short time that the race track has been com­plete, Kyalami has suc­cess­fully hosted two ma­jor mo­tor ve­hi­cle launches.

The 4x4 off- road venue, de­signed to in­cor­po­rate a va­ri­ety of tech­ni­cal ob­sta­cles, ideal for of­froad driver train­ing and ve­hi­cle launches, is com­plete.

Con­fer­ence and event venue

The con­struc­tion of the Kyalami Pit Build­ing and In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, which forms phase two of the project, is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by end of May 2016.

The In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre will in­clude world- class fa­cil­i­ties for year- round con­fer­enc­ing, ex­hi­bi­tions, trade shows, prod­uct launches, pri­vate func­tions and brand ac­ti­va­tions.

The con­ven­tion cen­tre in­cor­po­rates the new Pad­dock Club; a mod­ern, air- con­di­tioned spa­cious hall with 2 770 square me­tres of un­in­ter­rupted, flex­i­ble event space with gen­er­ous nineme­tre high ceil­ings, pro­vid­ing a blank can­vas ready for lim­it­less trans­for­ma­tion.

The Pad­dock can be ac­cessed via the new five- me­tre wide con­ven­tion cen­tre bridge or via a grand stair­case lead­ing onto a 820 square me­tre cov­ered view- ing deck with mag­nif­i­cent views of the greater Jo­han­nes­burg sky­line. The bridge al­lows ve­hi­cles to drive di­rectly into the Pad­dock for ease of ac­cess when load­ing in event gear or cater­ing el­e­ments. The first floor houses two grand board­rooms, four con­fer­ence rooms and race con­trol di­rectly over­look­ing the Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit start and fin­ish line, pro­vid­ing unique meet­ing spa­ces.

The new cov­ered roof ter­race on the third floor which is open on two sides, boasts 2 100 square me­tres of space as well as breath­tak­ing views.

An ad­di­tional launch area is si­t­u­ated in the Pits: an exclusive space, es­pe­cially adapted to ac­com­mo­date ve­hi­cle ac­ti­va­tions with di­rect ac­cess to the pit lane and cir­cuit.

The new con­ven­tion cen­tre now also pro­vides large, fully equipped kitchens, new ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, plen­ti­ful park­ing and dis­abled ac­cess to all venues within the com­plex.

Driver train­ing

Phase three of the project in­cludes the con­struc­tion of two multi- func­tional out­door ex­hi­bi­tion plat­forms, with a com­bined area of 35 000 square me­tres.

The lower plat­form, which serves as a Dy­namic Driver Train­ing area, in­cor­po­rates an ir­ri­gated skid pan, the sur­face of which is cov­ered with a spe­cially for­mu­lated, low fric­tion as­phalt, al­low­ing ul­ti­mate flex­i­bil­ity in mas­ter­ing the art of driv­ing or rid­ing in a safe and con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

The 1,1 kilo­me­tre Dy­namic Han­dling Cir­cuit has been de­signed with the flex­i­bil­ity to di­vide into two sep­a­rate cir­cuits that can be used in­de­pen­dently, or con­nected to­gether to form a longer han­dling cir­cuit with a va­ri­ety of cor­ners and gra­di­ents.

A por­tion of the cir­cuit will be ir­ri­gated for wet con­di­tion driver train­ing sim­u­la­tion, work­ing in syn­ergy with the Dy­namic Driver Train­ing Area.

Com­ple­tion of this phase is ex­pected at the end of May.

The cir­cuit of­fers am­ple park­ing, ease of ac­cess and spec­tac­u­lar views, adding to the ap­peal of Kyalami as the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for a wide va­ri­ety of events. Fo­cus has also been placed on pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent event sup­port ser­vices to en­sure a pre­mium vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit has once again taken its place as the premier mo­tor­ing and mo- tor­sport fa­cil­ity in Africa, as well as a lead­ing con­fer­ence and event venue, ideally si­t­u­ated, in the grow­ing me­trop­o­lis be­tween Jo­han­nes­burg, Sand­ton, Midrand, Cen­tu­rion and Tsh­wane/ Pre­to­ria. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Due for com­ple­tion next month, the new look Kyalami race track has al­ready been tested at speeds of well over 200 km per hour, Wheels has heard on the grapevine.

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