World RX destination: South Africa

Most of the FIA world championships in activity concentrate their events outside Europe in the Americas or Asia, with a visit to Africa or Australasia being a rare occasion, currently with the Cross-Country Rally World Cup, the World Touring Car Championship and the Formula E in the early future. But from 2017 onwards, South Africa will be back in the world championship route, with the FIA World Rallycross Championship holding an annual event as part of a multi-year deal.

The future destination of rallycross in Africa will be the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town, a race track that started its activities in the late 40s and even received non-championship Formula 1 events in the 60s, and then the venue has grown and became able to hold almost any kind of circuit racing and off-road event. In between Killarney’s history and the future World RX plans, a rallycross is being built there to be a permanent one.

Along with being the first rallycross event in African soil, the Killarney RX will be the one to end the season in place of San Luis, Argentina, but without a confirmation of the full 2017 calendar, it is unclear that the South American round or any other of the current ones will leave the schedule or will be moved to an earlier date.

The African rallycross scenario is taking slow steps but results are also coming with this as Kenya’s representative Tejas Hirani from Olsbergs MSE being 7th in the RX Lites standings and scoring a 5th place finish as his best result along with some participations on RallyX Nordic and the RallyX On Ice winter championship in Scandinavia.

PHOTO: Killarney International Raceway