CapeTownMagazine.com

Lightning-Fast Cars And Fierce Competition

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Lightning-Fast Cars And Fierce Competition

A weekend of Rallycross racing for the whole family and where to get up close to the cars

Three contenders. Three supercharged RX supercars. One World Championship title. Get ready to witness the ultimate battle of the beasts when Cape Town hosts the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship grand finale at Killarney Raceway, on the weekend of 9 and 10 November 2019. Plus, some of the cars and superstars go on display at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday 7 November. 

Make no mistake. This is a big international event and the world will be watching. The championship started in Abu Dhabi in April and continued across 9 countries, including Spain, Germany and Great Britain, before making its way to Cape Town, where the final will see the three top contenders battling it out for the ultimate prize - to be crowned World Champion. So expect head-to-head, short, sharp racing on mixed surfaces (dirt and asphalt) and a whole lot more action. 

“Exciting events like this not only showcase our city but are a significant contributor to the local economy, jobs for Capetonians, and international marketing of our destination. We welcome the World RX racers and all the visitors from abroad and elsewhere in South Africa,” says Ald. Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town. 

FACT OR FICTION: FASTER THAN F1 VEHICLES? 
How powerful is powerful? To the untrained eye, World RX cars appear to have an average body shape. But beneath the surface lurks a 450 kW turbocharged race engine capable of 0–100 kph in 1.9 seconds –which is faster than a Formula One car.

Motorhead enthusiasts will know that an RX engine produces 450 kW and 900 Nm of torque. That’s real power. They also have four-wheel drive, a six-speed gearbox, a roll cage and custom-designed suspension, among other impressive specs. All of these work together to deliver high performance on dirt and asphalt, for braking hard, negotiating tight corners and accelerating at a blistering pace. So you can imagine the sheer power, speed and exhilaration that will be on display. 

WATCH: A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT RALLYCROSS

WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR
The three drivers that will be battling it out for the overall title of World Champion include Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud and the two Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin, from Sweden. 

If the 2019 championship record is anything to go by, it’s bound to be an exciting final. This year has seen the most contested season that the FIA World Rallycross Championship has ever witnessed, with six different winners from nine rounds so far. So who knows what will happen in the Cape Town final. 

All we know is that Timmy Hansen stands on 187 points, one point ahead of AndreasBakkerud, with Kevin Hansen coming in third on the standings with 179 points. But it’s really anyone’s title on the day, so expect a race to the finish when these three go engine to engine to claim the world title. 

THE LAYOUT
The rallycross track uses part of Killarney Raceway’s oval track, for the asphalt racing, as well as three dirt sections, which have been added to the inner perimeter to complete the circuit. The circuit also includes a “joker lap” — a longer loop than the main track that every driver needs to take once during the race. The timing on when the driver takes the mandatory joker lap and then rejoins the main race is crucial. You could either improve their position and secure a win or force them to lose out. 

GOOD TO KNOW: PRE-FINALE PARADE AND DRAW

Thursday, 7 November: V&A Waterfront

  • 12 noon: Cars drive to the Cape Wheel and Waterfront Amphitheatre area for a photo opportunity
  • 12:30 pm: Official welcome by the City of Cape Town, Ald JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, introduction of drivers on the Amphitheatre stage

Friday, 8 November: Killarney 

  • 12 noon: Draw for starting order in Qualifying Round 1 (Q1). Andrew Coley does a quick chat with drivers which is streamed live on World RX Facebook page.

Saturday, 9 November

  • 11:45am–12:30pm: Aerial display by the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team of the South African Air Force

Sunday, 10 November

  • Prizegiving ceremony after the final race, presentation to the World Champion by Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Ald. Dan Plato

Also in attendance: Two World Rallycross Ambassadors, international racing drivers and multiple South African champions: Sarel van der Merwe and Graham Duxbury

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT
Rallycross is a fun and relaxed event that the entire family can enjoy. Whether you take a walk through the pits to view the cars, crews and drivers up close, enjoy the grand finale or line up for a driver’s autograph during a scheduled session, the event is bound to be an exhilarating experience. And don’t worry, you won’t go hungry. A wide variety of food and drinks, tea and coffee will be available at various places around the track.

General admission for children of 12 or under is free.  

ATTENDING THE RALLYCROSS
Tickets are free for children under 12 and tickets range in price from R250 to R5750 (VIP trackside hospitality). All tickets can be booked online. For more information, contact the organisers directly via the FIA website, Cape Town RX Facebook page, or Killarney International Raceway. Parking is available on-site at R125 per day per vehicle, which you can also book online. There is a MyCiTi bus stop right outside Killarney. Details about available off-site parking will be announced closer to the time.

---

What do you know about City Drifting

Keep them entertained with free and cheap things to do with kids and teenagers.

Sport lovers, check out our list of interesting ways to keep fit

Check out other exciting things happening in our overview of November events.

---

---

Supercharge your event? Our Events Support Programme gets results. Contact support@capetownmagazine.com or +27 (0)21 565 0415.

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of what’s happening in the city, ‘burbs and dorpies. Join our newsletter and get quick access on the go by adding us to your mobile home screen for the ultimate guide to discoveries in Cape Town.

Follow and like us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterest for updates.

Cape Town Events Calendar
November 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

the_alvin_dyers_trioComedy Club Opens The Stage To Jazzy ...

Think you have the musical chops to jam with the city’s top jazz musos?

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition At The Norval ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

the_glass_menagerieCatch Legendary Playwright Tennessee ...

See a professional staging of a play not shown in Cape Town for three decades

Wavescape Surf Film Festival CliftonGather Your Beaches For Art, Movies and ...

Wavescape 2019: a month of beach cleanups, fundraisers and movie nights

tjing_pancakesTuesdays Are Pancake Days At Tjing Tjing

A fluffy soufflé pancake (or two) at Torii at Tjing Tjing House

Land_RewovenSee This Fascinating Interpretation of ...

Artist MJ Lourens pairs his modern landscapes with Pierneef’s, plus there’s cheese ...

rodan_kane_hartRodan Kane Hart: Making the Most of ...

An expansive gallery and pristine outdoor landscape showcase a free exhibition by a young ...

dales_16Check Out the Everyday Lunch Menu at ...

The Milnerton family eatery also serves tapas

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

fpl_5Get Moving in Functional Training Class

Improve your fitness, strength and overall functionality with the Functional Performance ...

royalteaA Tuesday Treat to Share with a Friend

Royaltea at the V&A Food Market is offering a second one of their special teas at half ...

devonvale15Free With Your Food: Specials at ...

From a free glass to a free bottle of estate wine, get something extra with your lunch or ...

sgtpepper152-for-1 Burger or Pizza Deal At Sgt ...

A reason to eat out: Get a free pizza on Tuesdays and a free burger on Thursdays at this ...

Barrs14Your Pharmacy Medicine Delivered For ...

Just Whatsapp or email your request, from basics to travel medications and emergency ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

asamisLove Sushi? Asami's Has The Best ...

Get two sushi plates, pay for one, plus women also get 50% off on all cocktails on ...

haskell_wine_1Save On A Gourmet Food and Syrah Wine ...

Sip the renowned wines and taste delicious gourmet food from Haskell Vineyards

OX boat rides 110% Off: See The Marine Big 5 on an ...

Whales, dolphins, penguins, cape fur seals and mola mola (sunfish), an awesome boat trip ...

date night hqTuesday Date Night Special To Wine and ...

This Parisian-inspired steakhouse is top class

grub&vine_wineFree Wine Tasting Every Wednesday at ...

Grub & Vine’s #VineNight hosts a different wine farm

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips