Kyalami was originally built in 1961. Since then it has hosted about 18 rounds of World Formula One Championships between 1967 and 1985. In 1988 the course was given a facelift, retaining merely half of the original layout. The new conversion was only in use for a short time. In 1991, the course once again saw some renovating action and the addition of a new pit building was implemented. During the two years following this, the venue once again hosted the F1 Grand Prix rounds. The venue has continued to host a variety of events up until 2010 which have not been limited to Formula One racing. Superbike Championships and A1GP have been included in the line up with great success at the events.
The Decline and Rebirth
The years following 2010 were marred as the facility began to lose its international status and in 2014 it went under the hammer. On July 24, 2014, Toby Venter took possession of the circuit much to the relief of motorsport fans. The circuit was now under the ownership of a man that was passionate about the sport, a successful racer himself. This was expected to be a breath of fresh air for the facility and a rescue from its once inevitable demise.
Rise To Glory From The Ashes
The most extensive remodelling of the facility and circuit began to take shape. The circuit was resurfaced to meet international standards, upgrades to circuit security were addressed and changes to the physical appearance or the circuit were realised. Venter had his sights set on an FIA Grade 2 license. Refurbishment to the pit building, spectator facilities and the inclusion of a conferencing and exhibition centre of world-class stature. In May 2016, the new and improved Kyalami Race Circuit was reopened and motorsports lovers could already hear the engines and smell the tires. Kyalami is once more the premier facility for motorsports in the country.