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07/11/17

The showdown

Mattias, Topi and Reinis have big aims for the event, shooting for our fifth win this season, the teams’ vice-championship title and the vice-championship in the drivers’ classification for Mattias. He has a one-point deficit to overall runner-up Petter Solberg. “Becoming ‘best of the rest’ isn’t bad either,” says Mattias. “We’re going to give this our all in South Africa.”

In the battle for second place in the teams’ championship, Mattias and Topi are trailing Team Peugeot Hansen by 28 points. A team can score a maximum of 56 points on a race weekend. “We’re sure of position three, so we’ll be going for all-out attack once again in South Africa. It’s going to be a tremendous finale of the season,” says Topi. Reinis, who will be on the grid in our third Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, shares this view. “Everything I’ve seen and heard about the new track is very positive. We expect the atmosphere there to be great as well. The places in the grandstands are said to be sold out already.”

South Africa is hosting a World RX round for the first time. The construction project of the World RX track at Killarney International Raceway was launched in 2016. The layout of the new track is somewhat reminiscent of the World RX circuit in Portugal. At the end of the long start-finish straight, the drivers turn into an open right-hand bend on tarmac. Following the first gravel section and another straight, there are some intertwined turns, followed only in the last section by the longer Joker version that is driven completely on gravel.

About Cape Town RX

Track Killarney International Raceway
Track length 1.060 km
Surface 60% tarmac, 40% gravel
Turns 3 left, 5 right
Entries 22 Supercars (World RX)
Lap record – (first event on this track)
Race duration 4 laps (qualifying), 6 laps (semi-finals and final)

Schedule World RX, local (CET + 1h)

Friday, November 10
15:00–15:30 Press conference (with Mattias Ekström)

Saturday, November 11
09:15–10:15 Free practice 1
11:00–12:00 Free practice 2
13:15–14:00 Qualifying 1 (Q1)
16:00–16:45 Qualifying 2 (Q2)

Sunday, November 12
09:00–09:30 Warm-up
10:00–10:45 Qualifying 3 (Q3)
12:00–12:45 Qualifying 4 (Q4)
15:00–15:50 Semi-finals and final