Kyalami is now favourite to host a Formula One race in South Africa, although the circuit owners don’t expect the country to gain an entry for the next three years.
The former Formula One circuit last held a race in 1993, and over the last few years Bernie Ecclestone has been keen for Africa to be represented on the calendar to make it a truly World championship. It fell of the calendar in the 90’s following a lack of funding, and the track very nearly disappeared after going to auction in 2014. Bought for R250m by Porsche South Africa, it has been updated and renovated to bring it up to modern standards, which are Formula One ready.
Andrew Baldwin from Kyalami management said to SABC, “Indeed, we’re a lot better than many venues that currently host GPs because of the most recent investments. Therefore, Kyalami as a facility and in terms of where it is has a very strong case to host a GP.”
“It’s a very expensive sport to bring to the country. Everyone has to pay a very high hosting fee and then there are the running costs of the event. So we hope and pray because the continent deserves a GP and we’re crying out for a GP.”
A street race in Cape Town had been favourite to host a race after a successful Football World Cup, although funding for the event didn’t materialise.