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Tarmac Rally: Get to Killarney for the most fun racing on a track

  • All classes, all-comers, at Killarney track rally day
  • Rally cars v. track cars and hot multiple stages
  • Racing cars also invited to challenge rally aces
HOT RALLY FUN COMING AT KILLARNEY: Image: Supplied

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Round 4 of the 2019 Western Cape Rally championship on Saturday July 13 at Killarney International Raceway will include a unique Rally vs Track Challenge with the entire event run within the Killarney complex.

Rallyists will be out of their gravel comfort-zone, track racers must adapt to rallying!

This annual event was known as the All-Tar Rally but, now under the control of the Cape Peninsula Motorcycle & Car Club, it’s been rebooted as the Tarmac Rally, complete with a new Clerk of the Course and fresh features.

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Seven special stages have been laid out using parts of the main circuit, access roads, and sections of the Old Pits Paddock, for a total rally distance of 97km, of which 76km will be stages. Quite short by rally standards so the stage-winning margins and overall are likely to be measured in tenths rather than minutes.

The event will be open to competitors in all the regular rally classes – S2 (two wheel-drive up to 1660cc), S3 (two- wheel-drive up to 2050cc), S4 (two-wheel-drive up to 3500cc ) and S5 (all-wheel drive up to 3500cc) – most of the drivers accustomed to long gravel stages but now having to adjust to the tighter confines of Killarney.

Nevertheless, rally cars in general are built for explosive acceleration out of slow corners; on tight tarmac stages their responses will be even sharper, treating spectators to some spectacular slides.

RACING CARS INVITED, TOO

But here’s a kicker: With all the stages on tar and no need to move between stages on public roads, the event is open to racing cars  in one of three Challenge classes – Class A for cars up a 1650cc, Class B for 1651-2000cc, and Class C for bigger than two litres.

Conventional rally rules will apply: each car must have a crew of two – driver and navigator – so circuit-racing and rallycross competitors have been busy fitting second seat.

Among them are the BMW 3 Series drivers of the E36 Group whose sidewayisms have helped to make rallycross one of the most spectacular motorsport disciplines at Killarney. Expect them to dominate Class C of the Challenge category and put on a real show through the special stages.

EXPERIENCE AGAINST HOME TURF

The action is going to be fast and furious with many more entries than a conventional rally thanks to the short stages, . Will the circuit-racers be use home-turf advantage or will the rally crews’ racing experience against the clock and presumably better communication between crew give them the edge?

Be there on July 13 to find out…

  • Gates will open at 7am, action start at 9am. Entry R70 for adults, R20 for schoolgoers younger than 16, free for children under 12.

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