FIVE REASONS YOU CAN'T MISS CAPE TOWN RX
The final round of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town, as South Africa holds a World RX event for the second time.
Here’s five reasons why we can’t wait for the weekend to get away.
Africa’s Only FIA World Championship Event
The African continent has held some of the world’s highest profile motorsport events in the history of the sport, including Formula 1, the World Rally Championship and the infamous Dakar rally, but today the FIA World Rallycross Championship is the sole FIA World Championship that holds a round in Africa. The 2018 edition gets underway at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Thursday with a downtown parade.
An Exhilarating Circuit
The Killarney International Raceway’s rallycross circuit is one that provides plenty of action. From the first, double-apex right hander that tightens onto the first loose section, where overtaking moves have been made on both the inside and the outside of the pack, to the pair of chicanes and the joker merge, where cars meet on the run to the final corner, where drivers have to also negotiate an off-camber elevation change.
A number of World Rallycross Championship rounds are held at venues with amazing views, including mountain region of Hell in Norway, the Forests of Sweden at Holjes and the cityscape of Austin from the Circuit of the Americas. But possibly the most spectacular of all is the view of the famous Table Mountain from the Cape Town RX circuit.
Four-Way Fight For Second
While Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson has won the World RX Drivers’ Championship, the fight for the runner-up position at the final round in South Africa will be fierce. Second position is currently held by EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom, just ahead of team mate Andreas Bakkerud, but PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Petter Solberg and Team Peugeot Total’s Sebastien Loeb are also in the hunt for a trip to the FIA Awards Gala next month.
RX2 Title To Be Decided
The seventh and final round of the RX2 International Series supports World RX in South Africa, where home hero Ashley Haigh-Smith and FIA European Rallycross Champion Reinis Nitiss join the 16-car field. But, all eyes will be on the battle for the title, where Sweden’s Oliver Eriksson leads Olsbergs MSE team mate, Belgium’s Guillaume De-Ridder by 14 points.
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