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World Rallycross Championship to stage first African event

The World Rallycross Championship motor-racing series has announced that it will stage its first event in Africa after agreeing a multi-year deal with the Killarney race circuit in Cape Town, South Africa.

The agreement, brokered by series promoter the IMG agency, will see the venue stage an annual event from 2017.

A date for next year’s event has not yet been confirmed but it will act as the final round of the 2017 season. Construction work on a new rallycross track at Killarney will commence in the next six weeks.

“This is a thrilling, highly competitive form of racing with international appeal and media coverage,” Killarney International Raceway executive manager Des Easom said. “We look forward to working with IMG and pooling our expertise and experience on the series of events. This is a great addition to our whole-year racing calendar and spectators can look forward to an international and world-class event.”

Paul Bellamy, World RX managing director for IMG, added: “We have been looking at South Africa as a potential new venue in World RX for some time and we are delighted to be able to announce the new deal from 2017 onwards. We are the only FIA World Championship to host an event in sub-Saharan Africa and the Killarney circuit is a fantastic facility where we can create a truly sensational season-closer.”

The 2016 World RX season concludes in November. This year’s 12-round calendar features events in Europe, Canada and Argentina.