Who owns Kyalami?

Who owns Kyalami?

Toby Venter

Owner Toby Venter
Broke ground 1961
Opened 4 November 1961
Major events Formula One South African Grand Prix (1967-1985, 1992-1993) Intercontinental GT Challenge Kyalami 9 Hours
Grand Prix Circuit (2015 – present)

Who designed Kyalami circuit?

Toby Venter a well-known and respected motor business entrepreneur, visionary and successful race driver was the man behind the successful final bid. What proceeded was an extensive redevelopment plan for the facility which represents the single largest upgrade in the circuit’s 54 year history.

What language is Kyalami?

The name “Kyalami” (liberally translated) means “My Home” in Zulu, one of South Africa’s official languages. The original circuit was constructed in 1961 and soon established itself as the premier motorsport facility in Southern Africa.

Why does F1 not race at Kyalami?

Possibility of a return He said that the main obstacles are the high costs of hosting such an event and the fact that currently no South African racetrack fulfills the FIA requirements to host a Formula One race, although Kyalami comes close.

How much is a racetrack?

It typically costs about $100,000 per mile for two-lane pavement, but two lanes are not for the racetrack. It is reasonable to assume a cost of approximately $200,000 to build a four-lane track.

Who is Toby Venter?

Enter Toby Venter: The CEO of LSM Distributions whose company single handily bought the Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley brands to the South African market (Did I mention that he was an avid racing driver and owns a Porsche 918.).

Is there an F1 race in Africa?

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed the sport’s intentions to have a Grand Prix on the African continent, with South Africa becoming the most likely destination for a race in 2023. They want to return, not for 2022 but we are in talks for 2023 or after that,” Domenicali told Rai Radio 1.

Where is the Kyalami circuit in South Africa?

Kyalami Racing Circuit (from Khaya lami, My home in Zulu) is a motor racing circuit located in Midrand, Gauteng province, South Africa. The circuit has been used for Grand Prix and Formula One races and has hosted the South African Grand Prix many times. Among the Formula One races held at the track the 1977 South African Grand…

How long is the main straight at Kyalami?

The main straight was over a mile long, with a 20° right hand kink (known poetically as “The Kink”) about 1⁄3 of the way down. Just past The Kink were the pits, and then the start/finish line. After the start, the course crested a hill, then dropped into a dip, before starting to rise just before the first turn.

When was the last Superbike race in Kyalami?

More recently, Kyalami has played host to five rounds of the Superbike World Championship from 1998 to 2002 and later in 2009 and 2010, the season finale of the Superstars Series in 2009 and 2010, and the South African round of the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season .

When was the last Grand Prix at Kyalami?

International racing returned to the circuit in November 2019, when it hosted the 2019 Kyalami 9 Hours, serving as the season finale of the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge . The original, sweeping circuit was in use from 1961 until political sanctions (due to apartheid policies) eliminated the Grand Prix after the 1985 race.

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