Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway will again play host to the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (November 9/10) and, based on the results of the opening three rounds, could well see an impressivly tight chase for the final points in the championship.
Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208) currently leads the championship chase with 69 points from brother, Timmy, also Peugeot mounted on 58 points with Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov now third after a stunning win recently in Belgium. He is on 53 points.
Although he has not actually won an event this season, Janis Baumanis (Ford Fiesta) has been extremely consistent and sits on 52 points and just one ahead of the very experienced and competitive Andreas Bakkerud in the Audi A1.
World Rallycross for 2019 features a total of 16 permanent drivers – six teams and four individual entries – representing eight automotive brands that are competing for top spot in this year’s championship. These drivers are from 11 different countries, making World RX a truly multinational event with rich, diverse styles and unique flair.
Additionally, the 2019 RX2 International Series, presented by Cooper Tires, will also feature this year. South Africa is one of only seven countries globally to be hosting these races, ensuring even more thrills and spills in Cape Town.
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says: “As the City of Cape Town we are really excited that the FIA World Rallycross Championship is returning to our beautiful city for a third straight year.
“In the first two years, the event was a wonderful experience for spectators who were kept on the edge by the exhilarating action on the circuit. For us as Cape Town, events such as Rallycross are not only prestigious but they are also critical to promoting job opportunities and developing the South African economy to support our local communities.
“We are again looking forward to welcoming the drivers, organisers and the internationals fans to the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination in 2019. We look forward to creating a great experience for petrol heads and new fans who absolutely should not miss one of the world’s most exciting motor sport events.”
Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of World RX for IMG Motorsports, the series promoter, is more than a little excited.
“The FIA World Rallycross Championship is going from strength to strength,” he enthuses. “Last year we built on our global fan base and in 2019 we have attracted a broader audience to World RX with the intensity of the racing. It’s all down to the quality of our drivers – and closely-fought competition, and in that regard 2019 is reaching new levels. When you’ve got highly talented racers battling it out for glory, you can expect plenty of high-octane, frenetic action. Cape Town is in for a treat.”