Time is fleeting – and it is now mere days to the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa taking place at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town on November 24/25.
This is the culmination of a tremendous season of racing at various circuits around the world and even though Volkswagen’s Johan Kristoffersson has the 2018 title in the bag, every other driver including his teammate Petter Solberg will be determined to knock him off his lofty perch.
However the Gumtree event is more than just the racing and it is not just the unbelievably fast cars and nail-biting races that will keep fans entertained for two full days, it is the jam-packed itinerary and some extra-special ambassadors that will ensure that, come Sunday night, you will be totally, wonderfully, completely exhausted.
The plethora of racing over the weekend is astounding, from the moment gates open at 09h00 on Saturday morning until it’s all over at 18h00 on Sunday evening.
Punters will get to see the incredible World RX Supercars, RX2 and Super1600 cars in action over a number of warm-ups, practice sessions and eliminating heats to semi-finals and head-to-head finals over the entire weekend.
The cars with the world’s champion and top rally and rallycross drivers will display the craft when up to five cars pile into the first corner at speeds of around 200 km/h. This is possible with the horsepower and torque of the RX2 cars clearing 0-100 km/h in some 3,5 seconds and the Supercars reaching the 100-mark in just 1,9 seconds.
In addition to all the on-track action, there are numerous breaks where even more high-octane antics take centre stage. Two displays of precision flying by the Silver Falcons Aerial Display Team of the South African Air Force will light up the sky, the FMX Show will enthral on a number of occasions, as will the Monster Energy Rig Riot.
Throughout the weekend there will be 10-minute breaks to enjoy some crazy car antics in the Drift and Cross Car Demo, and in addition there will be two autograph sessions with the drivers, one on each day.
Showing their support for all this adrenalin-fuelled happening are a host of popular ambassadors who will be doing their thing on Saturday and Sunday. Marius Roberts is the official commentator for the event, and he is joined by motoring enthusiasts such as legendary racer Sarel van der Merwe, Jacob Moshokoa, news anchor on 947 Breakfast Express and all-round vehicle fundi, the much-loved DJ and car lover Ready D, local WRX drivers Mark Cronje and Ashley Haigh-Smith, racing driver and motor sport commentator Graham Duxbury and motorsport journalist, Junaid Samodien. Also in the mix is rugby idol, Chester Williams and KFM presenter, Ryan O’Connor.
In-between the racing and the celeb spotting, there has to be time to enjoy the rest of the activities and this includes around 19 separate food stands. There are also a wealth of motoring exhibitors who will be displaying everything from batteries and mag wheels to motor spares and WRX merchandise.
“An international event of this magnitude and importance – televised to 160 countries – showcases Cape Town as a tourism and investment destination with multiple benefits for our economy,” says Ald JP Smith, Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, Security and Events.
“The City recently won the award for being ‘Africa’s Leading Festival & Events Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards. This bears testament to our capability to host such international events. The unique location, the backdrop of Table Mountain as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature, the 71-year-old history of Killarney International Raceway, and world-class racers in super-fast cars will provide an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming the international teams, their fans and families from across the world, to Cape Town for a memorable experience.”
Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa
Killarney International Raceway
Saturday, 24th November 2018 – Sunday 25th November 2018
Tickets: R220 – R750. Kids under 12 are free