The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will visit Africa for the first time next year, with Killarney race circuit in Cape Town set to enter a new multi-year deal with championship promoter, IMG.
The South African round will form the final event of next year's World RX calendar, which has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years. This year's finale takes place at Estering this weekend (24-25 September).
“We have been looking at South Africa as a potential new venue in World RX for some time and we are delighted to be able to announce the new deal from 2017 onwards,” Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, revealed, “We are the only FIA World Championship to host an event in sub-Saharan Africa and the Killarney circuit is a fantastic facility where we can create a truly sensational season-closer.
“Next year will mark the first time that a rallycross event has taken place on the African continent and we are extremely excited to bring the sport to a new continent. I'd like to thank the Killarney organisers and the city of Cape Town for all their support in helping to get this project off the ground.”
Dating back to 1947, Killarney has the magnificent back drop of Table Mountain in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cape Town. The Western Cape had its first taste of international F1 racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was held at Killarney back in 1960 and, since then, the complex has grown to host several forms of circuit racing, as well as motocross, karting, stock cars and drag racing. The construction of a brand new rallycross track will commence in the next six weeks and will become a permanent circuit.
“Killarney is delighted to be hosting this first-of-its-kind event in Africa,” Des Easom, executive manager of Killarney International Raceway, commented, “Our thousands of loyal fans and spectators, Cape Town and its 'New Seven Wonders of Nature' Table Mountain deserve no less. This is a thrilling, highly competitive form of racing with international appeal and media coverage. 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.”