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Countdown to World Rallycross begins

Summer is here, the temperature’s definitely rising and there are 58 days to go before the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa continues.

This international event hits the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on 24 and 25 November.

Twenty-five of the world’s best drivers – including current world champion Johan Kristoffersson, Sébastien Loeb, Peter Solberg and Mattias Ekström – will battle it out in a blistering fight to determine who’s the fastest.

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson was crowned the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Champion in the inaugural World RX of USA at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, last weekend.

“The team gave me a great car this weekend and I felt really strong from first practice. Then I got a little bit stuck in traffic in Q1 so it didn’t look so good to secure the Championship here,” explained Kristoffersson. “Q2 was strong, the team gave me a very good car again for Q3. I won Q4 and then in the semi-final I had a really good tyre strategy. I made the pass on Mattias in the final which was crucial to be on the podium, then Petter had a small, small mistake and that was enough to win. I have to give a big thanks to Petter and the whole team for making this possible.”

The one-two finish for the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team extended its lead in the Teams’ Championship.

All this shows the SA version of the event is going to be a world-class affair. It’s not only going to have the big names and the most vocal fans, but it will be a crowning moment, literally, because it’s the finale.

“It’s fitting that all of this culminates in Cape Town, where motor sport has a huge fan base of petrol heads,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. “Cape Town attracts a mixed-bag of international events annually. 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.”

The organisers are on track, with the international races setting a very high standard.

Tickets are selling fast, and the countdown is ongoing.

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