With the World Rallycross season finale making its debut on the African continent, we needed to find out all we can about the world's fastest growing motorsport genre. More importantly, there are two South Africans racing in this weekend's event and we got to meet one of them.
World Rallycross is the fastest-growing motorsport genre and we're super excited that the season finale will be held in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend (10/11/12 November 2017). What exactly is World Rallycross, you ask? Think of it as the combination of circuit racing and rally driving, with a healthy dose of stunt driving thrown in for good measure. Racers use highly-modified versions of road-going cars, which feature all-wheel drive and big-power turbocharged engines. The performance surrounding these cars is staggering. 0-100 kph is decimated in under 2 seconds.
The big drawcards for this weekend will be nine-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb and America’s Ken Block, famous for his gymkhana videos. There will be two South African drivers taking part at Killarney this weekend. Mark Cronje will be behind the wheel of an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 WRX, while Ashley Haigh-Smith will be pedalling the Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta. Ashley Haigh-Smith is just 25 years old and has considerable rally experience under his belt. He can also truly claim homeground advantage as his family farm is just 10 minutes from the Killarney circuit. We spent some time with Ashley and got to know the intricacies surrounding this fast-growing discipline.