SOUTH AFRICA JOINS WORLD RAL­LY­CROSS

New cir­cuit to be part of the WRX ros­ter from the 2017 sea­son

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Pho­tos: mkpics.net. Ken Reay and Colin Casser­ley

A new ral­ly­cross cir­cuit at Cape Town in South Africa will host the fi­nal round of the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 2017.

Se­ries promoter IMG has re­vealed a multi-year deal with Kil­lar­ney In­ter­na­tional Race­way to build a per­ma­nent ral­ly­cross track at the ex­ist­ing venue, sit­u­ated near the fa­mous Ta­ble Moun­tain.

The cir­cuit is the 10th new venue that IMG has in­tro­duced to the sport since the cre­ation of the World Cham­pi­onship for 2014. Away from its es­tab­lished home­land in Europe, so far World Ral­ly­cross has vis­ited North Amer­ica (Canada), South Amer­ica (Ar­gentina) and Asia (Turkey). Africa will be a new con­ti­nent for the cham­pi­onship.

“Kil­lar­ney is de­lighted to be host­ing this first of its kind event in Africa. Our thou­sands of loyal fans and spec­ta­tors, Cape Town and Ta­ble Moun­tain de­serve no less,” said Des Ea­som, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of the cir­cuit that hosted a non-cham­pi­onship For­mula 1 race in Jan­uary 1960.

“Ral­ly­cross is a thrilling, highly com­pet­i­tive form of rac­ing with in­ter­na­tional ap­peal and me­dia cov­er­age,” added Ea­som.” We look for­ward to work­ing with IMG and pool­ing our ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence on the se­ries of events. This is a great ad­di­tion to our whole-year rac­ing cal­en­dar and spec­ta­tors can look for­ward to an in­ter­na­tional and world-class event.”

It is not yet known if the new African round will re­place one of the 12 ex­ist­ing events on the World RX cal­en­dar, or run as a 13th round. With the late ad­di­tion of the Hock­en­heim round of the cham­pi­onship, the se­ries had 13 events in 2015. This year’s con­test will be run over 12 rounds. The 2017 cal­en­dar is yet to be re­vealed.

The Kil­lar­ney cir­cuit in South Africa Hines’s BRISCA F1 racer

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