Eighteen of the world’s top rallycross drivers and nine different marques will be making the trip to Cape Town for the start of the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa at Killarney Raceway on November 24/25.
Kids under 12 are free, and there is loads of off-track entertainment, such as the majestic Silver Falcons Air Show and the Monster Energy Rig.
Current World Champion Johan Kristoffersson, who drives a factory-developed Volkswagen Polo Supercar for Team PSRX Volkswagen, tops the entry list. The Swede currently tops the 2018 Championship Leaderboard, intent on defending his 2017 title.
Compatriots Robin Larsson of Olsbergs MSE, Mattias Ekström of EKS Audi Sport, Timmy Hansen of Team Peugeot Total and his brother Kevin of Team Peugeot-Hansen are also in the mix, ensuring Sweden maintains a strong presence on the Cape track.
French legend Sebastien Loeb of Team Peugeot Total is the world’s most successful rally driver and will be looking to add to the six podiums he took in 2017, but he will have stiff competition at Killarney from Latvian champion Janis Baumanis of Team Stard and the highly experienced Russian Timur Timerzyanov of the GRX Taneco Team. All three are currently neck-and-neck in this year’s top 10.
Kristoffersson’s racing partner, Norwegian Petter Solberg will also be here, as will fellow countryman Andreas Bakkerud of EKS Audi Sport and the rising young Finn Niclas Grönholm of GRX Taneco Team.
Making up the rest of the pack are GC Kompetition drivers Guerlain Chicherit and Anton Marklund, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich 77 drivers Timo Schedier and Rene Munnich, Gregoire Demoustier of Sebastien Loeb Racing, Oliver Bennett of Oliver Bennett and Kevin Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE.
On Thursday, November 22 the World Rallycross Parade makes its way from the back of the Table Bay Hotel to the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront where drivers, including Kristoffersson, Loeb and Solberg, will be signing autographs at a special meet and greet.
Official Drivers Entry List
# Driver Nat Car Competitor Nat
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE VW Polo R PSRX Volkswagen Sweden SWE
4 Robin Larsson SWE Ford Fiesta Olsbergs MSE SWE
5 Mattias Ekstrom SWE Audi S1 EKS RX quattro EKS Audi Sport SWE
6 Janis Baumanis LAT Ford Fiesta Team Stard AUT
7 Timur Timerzyanov RUS Hyundai i20 GRX Taneco Team FIN
9 Sebastien Loeb FRA Peugeot 208 WRX Team Peugeot Total FRA
11 Petter Solberg NOR VW Polo R PSRX Volkswagen Sweden SWE
13 Andreas Bakkerud NOR Audi S1 EKS RX quattro EKS Audi Sport SWE
21 Timmy Hansen SWE Peugeot 208 WRX Team Peugeot Total FRA
36 Guerlain Chicherit FRA Renault Megane RS GC Kompetition FRA
42 Oliver Bennett GBR Mini Cooper Oliver Bennett GBR
44 Timo Schedier DEU Seat Ibiza ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport DEU
66 Gregoire Demoustier BEL Peugeot 208 Sebastien Loeb Racing FRA
68 Niclas Gronholm FIN Hyundai i20 GRX Taneco Team FIN
71 Kevin Hansen SWE Peugeot 208 WRX Team Peugeot-Hansen SWE
77 Rene Munnich DEU Seat Ibiza ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport DEU
92 Anton Marklund SWE Renault Megane RS GC Kompetition FRA
96 Kevin Eriksson SWE Ford Fiesta Olsbergs MSE SWE