Killarney Motor Racing Complex

Killarney Motor Racing Complex, whose main race track is also known as Killarney International Raceway, is a motor racing complex in Milnerton Rural, Cape Town, South Africa. It first saw action in 1947.

Killarney Motor Racing Complex
Killarney Motor Racing Circuit
LocationCape Town, South Africa
FIA Grade3
International Raceway
Length3.267 km (2.030 mi)
Turns7
World RX Circuit
Length1.060 km
Turns7

HistoryEdit

 
An aerial view of the Killarney Race Track with Table Mountain visible in the distance

In 1959/60 the track was upgraded and rebuilt to conform to the required FIA standard for the 1500 cc Formula One cars of the time. The design was entrusted to Edgar Hoal, a leading racing driver and roads engineer, who also supervised its construction.

The Western Cape then had its first taste of international Formula One racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was held at Killarney on 17 December 1960[1], and was won by Stirling Moss in a Porsche. Since then the complex has grown to include every facet of circuit motorsport. So much so that Killarney currently hosts all forms of main circuit racing, as well as motocross, karting, super motards, stock car, drag racing and European Truck Racing as a one off event.

The circuit will host the first FIA World Championship race in South Africa since the 1990s with the inaugural World RX of South Africa to be held in 2017 for the FIA World Rallycross Championship.[2]

Track featuresEdit

The main track has the unusual feature of having two pit lanes on the home stretch. The racing complex also has a drag racing strip and a go-kart track.

Additionally, turn 9 can be turned into a proper chicane for the purposes of motorcycle races.

For the World RX of South Africa, the northwestern portion of the circuit was used, with an extra dirt road added to its infield.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1960 Non-World Championship Grands Prix". www.fiaworldrallycross.com. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  2. ^ "SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST WORLD RX FROM 2017". www.fiaworldrallycross.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Venue Map". Retrieved 2019-09-09.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 33°49′24″S 18°31′40″E / 33.82333°S 18.52778°E / -33.82333; 18.52778