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World rallycross returns to Cape Town in November

Calling all adrenaline lovers, fun seeking families and motor sport enthusiasts! It’s time to mark the 24 and 25 November 2018 as a pilgrimage to petrol heaven on your calendars. Watch as the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa takes over the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town and transforms the track with a powerful, all-out, uncompromising two days of the fastest motor sport action imaginable.

Following on from 2017’s hugely successful event, which saw almost 30 000 people attending it, this year’s races are only the second time the World Rally Cross of South Africa has been held. The reception and atmosphere will undoubtedly be as highly charged and exciting as it was last year, when South Africans from all walks of life lived up to their reputation for being extremely passionate, hospitable and vocal supporters.

“It’s important for us to come to South Africa,” enthuses Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, “This is the only FIA World Championship to have a round stage in sub-Saharan Africa. We felt the country was right for a World Championship – I can’t think of any better place in the world to visit in November than Cape Town.”

Rallycross is something special. Ask Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button, who famously said, “These cars are awesome, what you dream about as a kid”. And he’s right. These amazing, brutal, ferocious supercars are equipped with an astounding 600 bhp, allowing them to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than two seconds. That’s fast, faster than Formula 1 cars.

World Rallycross is also the fastest growing motor sport in the world, with year-on-year increases in everything from social media followings to TV audiences, media attendance and merchant sales. But most important is the live attendance, which has shot up by 225% in five years, which means people across the globe are catching on to the pure entertainment and utter excitement of seeing all these magnificent metallic beasts battling it out.

Driver entries are also on the up, and the big names will be out to play in Cape Town. Current world champion Johan Kristoffersson will be joined by hard-racing track heroes Sebastien Loeb, Peter Solberg and Mattias Ekström. SA rally cross driver Mark Cronje, who took part last year, describes the event as “unpredictable and massively entertaining. If you want to come and watch a proper motor sport event, this is the place to be.”

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