03 Nov World Rallycross Final at Killarney this weekend
World Rallycross Final at Killarney this weekend
While the final round of the Gumtree FIA Word Rallycross Championship at Killarney on Saturday & Sunday will be quite unlike any other major motorsport meeting ever staged in South Africa, it is going to be ideal for local petrolheads.
For a start, the four wheel drive, 600 horsepower Rallycross Supercars can out-accelerate a Formula 1 car off the line. The races include a Joker lap and are short, while the combined dirt track and tar surfaced circuits are compact and offer spectators excellent viewing.
In addition to the grandstands that are close to the racing, there’s the raised banking on the west (or river) side of the complex that is being offered to spectators, strictly as a BOG (bums on grass) facility, at a special price. No vehicular traffic will be allowed in this area, from where the view of the racing, even at grass level, is also virtually unimpeded.
The two days are going to feature a variety of events that are certain to add a festive atmosphere to the promotion.
Saturday begins with practice sessions. This will be followed by a variety of other events including an aerobatic display by the SAAF’s Silver Falcons.
Sunday starts with the final qualifying sessions. After that, the racing is split up into a series of snappy heats, semi-finals and finals – with limited entries in each of them — for MSA rally cars, RX2 Rallycross cars and World RX Supercars. The RX2 category for 310 bhp, mid-engined, all-wheel-drive missiles, was only launched this year.
Gaps between races will be filled, as they were the day before, with drifting and stunting, the Monster Riot Rig, Pit Walks for different groups of spectators and by the spectacular Silver Falcons,
Drivers include Johan Kristoffersson who has already clinched the 2017 world title in his VW Polo Supercar. Petter Solberg, a former world rally as well as double rallycross champion, is second in a similar VW Polo, but only a single point ahead of Audi S1 driver Mattias Ekstrom, who was the German Touring Car (DTM), titleholder for two seasons and the top rallycross scorer last year.
Then there’s former French gymnast Sebastien Loeb who has won an incredible nine FIA world rally titles, finished second in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, second in the gruelling Dakar Rally and set a new record for the American Pikes Peak hill-climb, where cars ascend to an altitude more than four times higher than Table Mountain.
Spectators will find regulations for this international rallycross event, not what they’re used to.
Parking inside will be limited. However there is parking in Potsdam Road, near the Blouberg Road T-junction. The Tableview Primary School in Blouberg Road offers another alternative, with the trip from there to Killarney in a My-CiTi bus available. A My-CiTi stop is conveniently located at the Killarney entrance. Or park your two wheeler at the track for R50, for two days.
Remember, all event and parking tickets are valid for both days, but must be bought online before the event through; ticketpros.co.za.
There is going to be security at the entrances so if you need to have special foods or medication, get a note from your doctor. There will be a medical facility at the circuit in case of need.
While food and drinks may not be brought in, there will be a number of vendors operating around the circuit. The clubhouse Tuckshop will also be open.
Other no-no’s include braai equipment, umbrellas, and folding chairs, so be sure to bring hats and sunscreen. Cushions and other comfort items will be available at the track. However, no weapons, drugs or glass containers.
A limited number of tickets are still available at R700 for a grandstand seat, or R400 for an unreserved ticket. Scholars U16 will be admitted for R220, while there is no charge for a kiddie under 12 accompanied by a paying adult, in any of the unreserved areas.