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RSA - SOUTH AFRICA
KYALAMI
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Description Track inaugurated on November 4th 1961 and in few years became the most popular South African circuit. In 1968 its length was slighly changed, but I think because of minor changes. In a period when many circuits were charged for their dangerousness, Stewart in 1968 described Kyalami as a safe track very well managed. It hosted F.1 continuosly up to 1985 (in 1981 it was a non championship event), then it was canceled because of political boycott of South Africa due to apartheid. It was considered a difficult track for engines because of its long straight and - moreover - for its high altidude above sea level.
Location Midrand - Gauteng
Location 24 km - 15 mi North from Johannesburg and 21 km - 13 mi South of Zwartkops
Latitude - Longitude - 25°59'52"     + 28°04'04"
-25.997778     28.067778
UTM Coordinates X = 606866.578  -  Y = 7124125.707  -  Zone 35J
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 1464 m - 4803 ft
Inauguration November 4th 1961
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English www.kyalamiracing.co.zaOfficial website
(2) English www.sportstar.co.zaOfficial website
(3) Italian Da Monza a Indianapolis (page 81)Author: Tommaso Tommasi - Published by: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Published in: Italia - year: 1973
(4) English World Motor Racing Circuits: A Spectator’s Guide (page 88)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(5) English Google Earth
(6) Italian English ForumForum --> Africa --> African Countries --> RSA - Kyalami [ITA ENG]
(7) English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KyalamiWikipedia
(8) English www.allf1.info/tracks/kyalami.php
(9) English www.kma.org.za/map.html
(10) English www.polo.co.za/circuits.html
(11) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(12) Italian Conoscere la Formula 1 1 (page 280)Published by: Rizzoli Editore - year: 1984
(13) Italian Autosprint 1/1967 (page 9)Map
(14) Italian Autosprint 8/1969 (page 12)Come si guida
(15) Italian Autosprint 20/1970 (page 24)Circuito più sicuro nel 1969, secondo la GPDA
(16) Italian Autosprint 10/1971 (page 24)De Adamich spiega come si guida e foto di ogni curva
(17) Italian Autosprint 4/1974 (page 46)Sarà venduto
(18) Italian Autosprint 10/1975 (page 28)Mappa: grazie alle reti, i tanti incidenti sono stati innocui, con i guard rail forse sarebbe scappato il morto
(19) Italian Autosprint 5/1980 (page 39)Kyalami è stato comprato da Ecclestone
(20) Italian Autosprint 7/1981 (page 11)
(21) Italian Autosprint 30/1986 (page 25)
(22) Italian Rombo 33/1986 (page 69)Progetto di modifica
(23) Italian Autosprint 35/1990 (page 33)
(24) Italian Autosprint 39/1990 (page 29)
(25) Italian Autosprint 3/1991 (page 27)Inaugurata la nuova configurazione, ora si aspetta il GP del 1992
(26) Italian Autosprint 52/1991 (page 40)Fervono i preparativi per il GP
(27) Italian Autosprint 47/2010 (page 58)Will the track be closed?
(28) Italian Autosprint 51/2010 (page 34)Track history
(29) Italian Autosprint 8/2012Poster Story: Le Grandi Corse Dimenticate [Forgotten Great Races]

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Kyalami
Description In 1967 it hosted its first F.1 GP (previously it was raced at East London) and in this occasion some renovation were made and it was widened up to at least 11.8 m.
Years 1961?÷1967
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing 1967
Last update of this page December 26th 2004
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Dunlop Bridge - Crawthorn Corner - Barbeque Bend - Jukskei Sweep - Sunset Bend - Clubhouse Bend - The Esses - Leeukop Bend - The Kink
length 4094  m 13432  ft 2.544  mi    

Kyalami
Description In 1968 its length was slighly changed, but I think because of minor changes. In a period when many circuits were charged for their dangerousness, Stewart in 1968 described Kyalami as a safe track very well managed.
Years 1968÷1987
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1968
Closing 1987
Last update of this page December 26th 2004
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Dunlop Bridge - Crawthorn Corner - Barbeque Bend - Jukskei Sweep - Sunset Bend - Clubhouse Bend - The Esses - Leeukop Bend - The Kink
length 4104  m 13465  ft 2.55  mi    
Min width 11.8  m 39  ft      (3)

Kyalami
Description In mid 1980s South Africa was isolated because of apartheid. After a great economical crisis, in Summer 1986 there was a proposal for change the track: old main straight area should have been sold as building site and the circuit should have been moved in the opposite direction, on a poor value ground. This proposal was not developed, but in 1988 another quite different layout was really built.
Years 1986
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 25th 2010
Info last update August 1986
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3394  m 11135  ft 2.109  mi   (5)

Kyalami
Description In mid 1980s South Africa was isolated because of apartheid. After a great economical crisis, in 1988 this track was deeply renewed (but also in 1986 there was a similar proposal): old main straight area was sold as building site and the circuit was moved in the opposite direction, on a poor value ground. This layout used from 1988 to 1991, when new works begun for South Africa 1992 F.1 GP
Years 1988÷1991
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1988
Closing 1991
Last update of this page July 12th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Budget - Yellow Pages - Topsport - Winfield - Wesbank - Continental - Brilliant - Nashua
length 3888  m 12756  ft 2.416  mi    

Kyalami
Description New layout inaugurated with South Africa F.1 GP 1992 and used also for 1993 F.1 GP . Later a chicane was added at the last but one bend,but it was removed and this layout was reactivated before Superbike event held on May 17th 2009. According to some rumors, after Superstars Series event on November 27th 2010 thecircuit could be closed due to financial problems
Years 1992÷1993, 2009÷...
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1992
Closing  
Last update of this page November 25th 2010
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Budget - Yellow Pages - Topsport - Winfield - Wesbank - Continental - Brilliant - Nashua
length 4200  m 13780  ft 2.61  mi   (1)
length 4261  m 13980  ft 2.648  mi   (11)
Total area 72  hectares 720000  m² 177.914  acres   (1)

Kyalami
Description Compared to previous layout, a chicane was added at the last but one bend, the slight right one where 1988-1991 circuit had a left corner. I don’t know whe it was added, but surely after F.1 GP, held on March 14th 1993. The chicane was then removed before Superbike event held on May 17th 2009
Years 1993÷2009
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1993
Closing 2009
Last update of this page November 25th 2010
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Budget - Yellow Pages - Topsport - Winfield - Wesbank - Continental - Brilliant - Nashua
length 4260.6  m 13978  ft 2.647  mi   (11)

Kyalami Karting Circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Kart track
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 24th 2010
Info last update  
Designer Piazza-Musso
Claudio Piazza-Musso
Distinctive points  
length 845  m 2772  ft 0.525  mi   (2)

Kyalamiall layouts

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Kyalami: Layout until 1987

Kyalami: Layout until 1987

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Kyalami: 1986 proposal

Kyalami: 1986 proposal

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Kyalami: 1988÷1991

Kyalami: 1988÷1991

Kyalami: 1988÷1991

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Kyalami: 1992÷1993, 2009÷...

Kyalami: 1992÷1993, 2009÷...

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Kyalami: 1993÷2009

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Latitude - Longitude: - 25°59'52", + 28°04'04"
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PHOTOS

All photos were taken on Easter 2005 (March 27th 2005) by Yves-Henri Randier, reproduced here with author’s description with kind permission.

Photos by Yves-Henri Randier - March 27th 2005
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TotemStarting grid on Vodacom Straight (ex Brilliant Straight)Starting grid on Vodacom Straight (ex Brilliant Straight)From the Alfa Boma over Clubhouse looking right to Esses and with Havoline sweep down left

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From the Alfa Boma looking straight ahead with Clubhouse in the front, the chicane and the back of the pits with Vodacom corner on the back rightFrom Havoline Sweep towards the chicaneComing up the hill at Wesbank Corner (the U turn up the hill) with the white pits in the backWesbank Corner and the beginning of the downhill Castel Mineshaft towards Havoline Sweep (ex-Mineshaft)

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The famous Castle KyalamiFrom the chicane looking right towards Havoline SweepFrom the chicane looking straight ahead to Wesbank CornerAnother view of Wesbank Corner, Caltex Mineshaft and Havoline Sweep from the VIP parking


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
February 29th 2012     Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 27th 2010     Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 26th 2010   1992÷1993, 2009÷... Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 25th 2010     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit Update Description with map
February 18th 2007   1986 Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 7th 2006   1992÷1993, 2009÷... Guido de Carli   Yves-Henri Randier Update Photos (on this site)
September 21st 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
January 30th 2005   1988÷1991 Guido de Carli     Update Description with map
December 26th 2004     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
July 12th 2003   1988÷1991 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
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