Summer is here, and the temperature’s definitely rising as we count down to when the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa hits the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on the 24th and 25th of November 2018. If you thought you couldn’t handle the heat, then just wait until twenty-five of the world’s best drivers – including current World Champion Johan Kristoffersson, Sébastien Loeb, Peter Solberg and Mattias Ekström – battle it out in a blistering fight to determine who’s the fastest.
And it’s not just sunny South Africa that’s on fire. Recently, at the FIA World RX of Latvia, Kristoffersson proved his number one status by winning his eighth event of the season, become the first driver to ever do so. He was followed by Ekström and Loeb. Recognise those names? That’s because they’re in the first paragraph, and they’re also on the Championship Leaderboard, which looks like this:
01 Johan Kristoffersson
02 Mattias Ekström
03 Andreas Bakkerud
04 Sébastien Loeb
05 Petter Solberg
06 Timmy Hansen
07 Niclas Grönholm
08 Kevin Hansen
09 Timur Timerzyanov
10 Janis Baumanis
All this goes to show that the South African version of this event is going to be a world-class affair. It’s not only going to have the big names and the most vocal fans (of course), but it will be a crowning moment, literally, because it’s the finale, the culmination of all the global events where the World Champion is announced. Prior to getting here, the drivers will be racing their way through World RX events in America and Germany.
‘It’s fitting that all of this culminates in Cape Town, where motor sport has a huge fan base of petrol heads. Cape Town attracts a mixed-bag of international events annually including those that get our residents revved up and outdoors. We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Gumtree World RallyCross of South Africa for the second year. We’re ready. We’re excited, and we’re amped to smell that rubber burning,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
It’s all going according to plan. The organisers are working hard and on track. The international races are setting a very high standard. The tickets are selling fast. And everyone is counting down. The drivers are counting down. The fans are counting down. Cape Town is counting down. Hey, even the website is counting down. So make sure you and your family book early and secure your places. You. Do. Not. Want. To. Miss. This.
World Rallycross SA – Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa
Killarney International Raceway
Saturday, 24th November 2018 – Sunday 25th November 2018
Tickets: R220 – R750
Hospitality tickets from R2500
For more information go to www.fiaworldrallycross.com