Count­down to Cape Town Ral­ly­cross round

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The Gumtree World RX of SA will be back at Cape Town’s Kil­lar­ney race­way from Novem­ber 24-25.

This ex­cit­ing mo­tor­sport dis­ci­pline, which de­buted to praise on African soil in 2017, will again host the fi­nal race of the 12-event world Ral­ly­cross cham­pi­onship. The sea­son be­gan in Barcelona in April and in­cluded race meets in Canada, the US, Eu­rope, Latvia and Swe­den.

World RX is a com­bi­na­tion of ral­ly­ing and cir­cuit rac­ing on mixed dirt and tar sur­faces. The RX Su­per­cars are mod­i­fied VW Po­los, Ford Fi­es­tas, Audi S1s and Peu­geot 208s that wield about 450kW of power and are ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing from rest to 100km/h quicker than F1 cars.

Last year’s win­ner at Kil­lar­ney, Jo­han Kristof­fers­son of Swe­den, re­turns to the cir­cuit with hopes of main­tain­ing his un­beaten per­for­mance. He needn’t worry about the over­all WRX cham­pi­onship, though he will dock into Cape Town hav­ing al­ready wrapped up 2018’s world ti­tle in his Volk­swa­gen Polo R. He says he’s gun­ning for a re­peat win on Kil­laney soil.

The drama will un­fold be­tween for­mer world cham­pi­ons Mat­tias Ek­strom and Pe­ter Sol­berg, who are locked in a fierce bat­tle with An­dreas Bakkerud for the run­ner-up po­si­tion. French rally leg­end Sébastien Loeb will also be in the mix. Al­though not a ti­tle con­tender, he is a nine-times World Rally Cham­pi­onship win­ner and he brings in a bucket list mo­ment for spec­ta­tors to watch him in ac­tion.

Also on the pro­gramme will be RX2 and Su­per1600 cars, play­ing the role of cur­tain-rais­ers in a num­ber of prac­tice ses­sions, elim­i­nat­ing heats and head-to-head fi­nals over the week­end. In ad­di­tion, there will be dis­plays of pre­ci­sion fly­ing by the Sil­ver Fal­cons Aerial Dis­play Team, an FMX Show, Mon­ster En­ergy Rig Riot, drift de­mos and au­to­graph ses­sions.

Food and drinks will be on sale and mo­tor­ing ex­hibitors will dis­play ev­ery­thing from bat­ter­ies and mag wheels to spares and WRX mer­chan­dise.

Tick­ets are priced be­tween R220 and R750, with chil­dren un­der 12 years free, and are avail­able to pur­chase at www.tick­et­

Thrilling RX ac­tion comes to SA again.

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