The FIA World Rallycross Championship will have its season finale right here on local soil on the weekend of 24-25 November. This is the second successive year that the world championship event draws to a close in South Africa.
If you’ve not seen this form of racing before, you’re in for a treat. FIA World Rallycross is head-to-head, short, sharp racing on mixed surfaces. There is plenty of contact as cars jostle for position on the small tight track.
The series features no fewer than three world champions. The top-flight RX Supercars produce around 450 kW from an inline turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With power delivered to all four wheels, these pocket rockets are said to sprint from 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds.
In 2017 the championship made its African debut and in 2018 the teams return to Killarney International Raceway in the Cape for the final round. The 2017 champion, Johan Kristofferson, successfully defended his crown and reigns supreme in the series as he bagged an unprecedented number of wins for a single season this year. We’ve covered the races all through the year via our Motorsport section.
Lots to see
Besides the RX Supercars, there are two support series, one being the smaller world championship class, and an entire class of local rally cars with their regular drivers. In between races, there is plenty to see and do as the event is billed as a real day out for the family.
Des Easom, Executive manager of Killarney International Raceway, “The final round of the World Rallycross Championship for 2018 is the type of motor racing that appeals to race fans and families alike. There is the drama and action of Rallycross cars that out-accelerate Formula One’s and driven by the world’s best drivers on tar and dirt. But WRX offers way more: spectators, friends, and families can have a marvellous day out with racing and entertainment on and off track, aerobatic displays, fun activities and enough to eat and drink.”
Ticket prices and info
If you’d like to learn more about this exciting series, click here: www.fiaworldrallycross.com and if you are keen to book tickets then look at this site www.ticketpros.co.za. Prices range from R220-R750, kids under 12 are free.
Here are highlights of last year’s final race: