To add to the already awesome motorsport entertainment, this year we have home town heroes taking part in the 2019 SABAT World Rallycross of South Africa event at The Killarney International Raceway.
Local Rallycross drivers are set to rev their kwaai motors in fully-fledged support classes, one for conventional two-litre front wheel-drive rally and rallycross cars, as well as races for the high-revving ‘big sixes’ of the E36 Cup.
The big sixes are three-litre rear wheel-drive BMW 3 Series sedans dating from the late 1990s, cabbies that enjoy a cult following among South African petrolheads.
Each class will compete in two qualifying races of four laps for five cars on Saturday 9 November and one on Sunday morning, 10 November, in front of thousands of local and visiting enthusiasts.
The top six cars from qualifying in each class will then go through to a six-lap final on Sunday.
Zack Groenewald, of the E36 Cup Motorsport Club, says: “The E36 BMW, aka the Dolphin Shape was the preferred choice of car to race and have fun with. With its rear-wheel drive configuration and tough as nails six-cylinder engines as well as affordable parts and maintenance costs, it makes perfect sense.
“On the basis of ‘one car, one spec’ with the emphasis on having good, clean and affordable fun, we started as a bunch of mates and have grown to 23 cars in one year, and have participated in numerous track events, including short-circuit racing, local RallyX events and oval track racing.”
With names like Riaan Smit, Jean Meyer (both former stock car champions), Robbie Ferolli, Zack Groenewald and Kosie Swanepoel in the mix, crowds can expect thrilling, and mostly sideways, action.