The original Kyalami grand Prix circuit was built in 1961 and hosted 18 rounds of the F1 World Championship from 1967 until 1985. The circuit layout was changed in 1988 with half of the original track retained. This second version was active for a brief period before another revised layout including a new pit complex, was built in 1991 to host Grand Prix rounds in 1992 and 1993. The facility continued to host local and international motorsport including various rounds of the World Superbike Championship and A1GP until 2010.
The facility was put up for auction and when the hammer fell on the 24th of July 2014, motorsport fans, both locally and internationally breathed a sigh of relief, when a man with a passion for motorsport had rescued the historic venue from the brink of imminent demise. Toby Venter a well-known and respected motor business entrepreneur, visionary and successful race driver was the man behind the successful final bid.
Venter extensively redeveloped Kyalami in the most significant upgrade in the circuit’s 54 year history. Alterations included a complete resurfacing of the circuit to international specifications, changes to the track layout, a total upgrade of circuit safety to earn Kyalami a FIA Grade 2 license.
All spectator areas and facilities were enhanced and the pit building completely refurbished to include world class conferencing and exhibition facilities when Kyalami was reopened in May 2016. The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has once again taken its place as the premier motoring and motorsport facility in Africa as well as a leading venue in the conferencing and eventing arena. The great visionaries of the original circuit certainly would be proud.
The 16-turn, 4.522km anti-clockwise Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit takes advantage of Kyalami’s naturally undulating landscape to create the challenging blend of sweeping, fast sections and tight, technical corners, which makes Kyalami legendary. The circuit is on average 12 meters wide, while the main straight is 15m. The circuit includes a full pit lane with 40 garages, as well as a secondary pit lane on the Platform 1 area.
Kyalami can accommodate a number of activities from car and bike club events to manufacturer days and demonstrations. With outstanding conference and exhibition facilities available too, Kyalami is a perfect place to combine hospitality with on-track demonstrations and is ideal for product launches and media events and the circuit’s dedicated team is ready to assist in all aspects of any function at South Africa’s premier motor and events venue.