The 2018 Gumtree World RX of South Africa is on at Killarney on 24-25 November. This event brings thrilling, world class motorsport to Cape Town. While World RX is massively popular in Scandinavia and Europe, and is growing rapidly elsewhere, some fans need an introduction to this action-packed event.
What is RX?
RX is short for rallycross which is a combination of rallying and circuit racing. It is head-to-head, short, sharp racing on mixed surfaces (dirt and asphalt) contained within amphitheatre venues with great viewing close to the action. High profile drivers are equipped with RX Supercars with over 600bhp and the ability to accelerate from 0-95kph in less than two seconds – faster than an F1 car.
What is the history of rallycross?
Rallycross was invented by Robert Reed, a producer on ITV's World of Sport programme in the UK. The first event took place at Lydden Hill in 1967. The FIA World Rallycross was inaugurated in 2014 in Portugal.
What is the Gumtree World RX of South Africa?
The Gumtree World RX of South Africa was held for the first time last year and is the final event of the twelve-event world championship season which began in Barcelona in April and included races in Canada, the USA, Europe, Latvia and Sweden.
How does World RX work?
Each event is made up of open practice sessions, four timed qualifying heats, two knock out semi-finals and one final with six cars. Every driver is required to complete one joker lap during a race at a time of their choosing – this is involves a longer section of the circuit. World championship points are gained at every stage of the event with a maximum score of 30 points. The Team Championship includes all points scored by two team drivers.
Who are the stars?
Johan Kristoffersson of Sweden is the sport’s superstar. He won his first World RX title last year, including a victory at Killarney, and has backed it up this year with extraordinary dominance in his Volkswagen Polo R by winning ten out of the eleven events completed so far.
Former world champions Mattias Ekstrӧm and Peter Solberg are locked in a tight battle with Andreas Bakkerud for the 2018 runner-up spot with only seven points separating them.
Frenchman Sébastien Loeb won nine consecutive world rallying titles before taking up WRX in 2016.
How do I get tickets for Gumtree World RX of South Africa?
Tickets are available from Ticketpro with Weekend Passes available from R220 to R750.