- Killarney gears up for big international
- Three days of track action for Cape Town
- New stands scheduled for construction
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – he FIA World Rallycross championship has signed Gumtree SA as headline sponsor for the final round of the championship scheduled for Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway over November 10-12 2017.
As part of the new partnership, the World RX season-closer will be officially named as Gumtree World RX of South Africa.
Gumtree SA is the country’s leading online classifieds site and the new partnership with World RX will allow the brand to use the championship’s as a global platform for various advertising and promotional purposes. The deal also includes onsite activation rights, track branding rights, content creation and various hospitality packages.
The Cape Town leg is the only addition to the 2017 rallycross calendar and the first time World championship has visited Africa.
The Killarney track dates back to 1947 when it had its first taste of international Formula 1 racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was raced there in 1960. Since then the complex has grown to host several forms of main-circuit racing as well as motocross, karting, stock cars and drag racing.
The new Killarney rallycross is about a third of the size of the main circuit but twisty and with a jump. The gravel and asphalt track will use sections of the existing circuit between Turn 2 (Engen Corner) and Turn 3 (Rose Foundation Corner).
Several low-level grandstands around the stock-car oval have already been demolished and will be replaced by larger structures. A grass bank for spectators is under construction.
GUMTREE ‘PERFECT FIT’
World RX managing director Paul Bellamy spoke positively about Gumtree SA partnering with Cape Town RX. “It’s an honour to have Gumtree SA aboard and supporting the first rallycross event to be staged in sub-Saharan Africa.
“As a key player in the auto trader sector, Gumtree is a perfect fit and we are confident that our global platform can help promote the brand to a wider audience who are both digitally-savvy and passionate about the automotive industry.”
Gumtree SA director-GM Johan Nel added: “Gumtree is thrilled to be participating in this landmark event. Our automotive category is our most popular by far – close to a 1.5-million a month. The motoring community has always been staunch in its support of our site and this event is our commitment to them and to the industry.”