Fri 06 Oct 2023

World RX of South Africa: Top Five Reasons to Tune In

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is primed for a double-header duel in Cape Town this weekend (7-8 October). All of the action will be broadcast on Rally.TV – here’s why you really don’t want to miss it...

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is primed for a double-header duel in Cape Town this weekend (7-8 October). All of the action will be broadcast on Rally.TV – here’s why you really don’t want to miss it...


Return to the ‘Mother City’


World RX visited Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway on three occasions between 2017 and 2019, delivering a scintillating spectacle that captivated South African fans. Following a four-year absence, the world’s fastest and most fearless rallycross drivers are back in the ‘Mother City’ for another feast of frenetic thrills ‘n’ spills – with electrifying action guaranteed at the oldest racetrack in the country.

Equal Opportunities


For the first time in World RX history, all drivers will have exactly the same equipment at their disposal this weekend, in the shape of the ZEROID X1 – usually used in the supporting FIA RX2e Championship and benefitting from a power upgrade for the forthcoming South African showdown. With parity between the cars, it all comes down to the drivers to make the difference behind the wheel, as every team’s engineers focus in on the finer details.


Double points – and double the drama?


World RX of South Africa will be the first double-header of the 2023 campaign, offering fans watching trackside and those following from afar a full bill of racing on both Saturday and Sunday, with three heats, two semi-finals and a final on each day. For drivers, there is a bumper haul of points up for grabs – meaning there is much to be gained, but conversely, just as much to be lost...

Hansen returns to scene of greatest success


Four years ago at Killarney, Timmy Hansen accomplished a lifetime dream, when he defeated Andreas Bakkerud by the narrowest possible margin to be crowned FIA World Rallycross Champion following an acrimonious final that saw the pair collide on the opening lap.


The Swede has yet to scale the same heights again, but he knows he has a big opportunity this weekend to close the gap to Johan Kristoffersson in the points table as he bids to halt his countryman’s seemingly inexorable march towards a sixth career title.


Flying Finn poised to pounce?


Niclas Grönholm’s second World RX triumph in the 2019 season finale in Cape Town was overshadowed somewhat by the tense title tussle between Hansen and Bakkerud, but it nonetheless gave him a welcome boost at the end of a campaign that – had it not been for illness that ruled him out of two early rounds – could have ended very differently indeed.


The CE Dealer Team star has since gone on to add five further victories to his tally, and he returns to Killarney sitting second in the standings. With a race weekend in the ZEROID X1 already under his belt, he is poised to pounce...

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