15 Nov CELEBRITIES HEAD TO KILLARNEY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FOR GUMTREE WORLD RALLYCROSS OF SOUTH AFRICA
Among the motorsport enthusiasts, rabid rallyists and just plain adrenalin junkies joining you at Killarney International Raceway for the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November, will be a host of brand ambassadors from the worlds of motorsport and entertainment.
Topping the list is legendary racing and rally driver Sarel ‘Supervan’ van der Merwe, winner of 11 South African Rally titles, two South African Modified Saloon Car titles and one South African Saloon car championship, along with local World Rallycross drivers Mark Cronje (three times South African Rally champion) and Ashley Haigh-Smith.
Add to that local DJ, spinner and road safety activist Ready D, 94.7 FM news anchor and all-round petrolhead Jacob Moshokoa, motorsport journalist Junaid Samodien, Kfm 94.5 presenter Ryan O’Connor and rugby idol Chester Williams, and you’ll be in good company.
Heading the television commentary team will be Marius Roberts, along with 1982 South African Drivers’ Champion Graham Duxbury.
Keeping you informed at the circuit will be the task of Greg Moloney, best known for his boisterous commentary at SuperGP national motorcycle racing events, and the vastly experienced local team of Francois Butler, Frank Heunis and Gary Fleming.
Between races you can watch displays of precision flying by the Silver Falcons Aerial Display Team of the South African Air Force (there’s one on each day) and catch Monster Energy drivers Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg together with a bevy of Monster Energy girls, giving away souvenirs at the aptly-named Rig Riot.
There will also be demos by drifting champion Jason Webb, the bundu-bashers of the Total ExCellium SA Cross Country Series, Ashley Haigh-Smith’s motorcycle engined Speedcar buggies and the Masterdrive ‘castor car’ (a hatchback with castors instead of rear wheels, making it practically unsteerable).
But wait, as they say, there’s more: as well as vendors offering every kind of food and liquid refreshment you can dream of, and a few that you won’t, there will be motoring exhibitors displaying everything from batteries and mag wheels to motor spares and World Rallycross memorabilia.
Cape Town and the Killarney International Circuit are also part of the show. As the city’s mayoral committee member for safety, security and events, Alderman JP Smith, put it: “An international event of this importance – televised to 160 countries – showcases Cape Town as a destination and that benefits our economy.
“The City was recently named ‘Africa’s Leading Festival & Events Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards, in tribute to our capability to host such international events. The unique location with Table Mountain as backdrop and the rich 71-year history of the circuit will provide a memorable setting for world-class racing in super-fast cars and we look forward to welcoming the international teams, their families and fans from around the world for an unforgettable experience.”
Book at Ticketpro; prices for the weekend start at R430 for general admission, to R750 on the grandstands, with hospitality packages from R2500. For more information go to www.fiaworldrallycross.com.
General Admission, weekend pass with limited paddock access: R430
General Admission, 12-16, weekend pass with limited paddock access: R220
General Admission, under 12, weekend pass with limited paddock access: FREE
Grandstand Seating, weekend pass with limited paddock access: R750
On-site Parking, weekend pass: R280
Off-site Parking, weekend pass: R220