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Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
Kyalami
Kyalami-0001.jpg
Ferrari Day at Kyalami
Location Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Coordinates 25°59′22″S 28°4′36″E / 25.98944°S 28.07667°E / -25.98944; 28.07667
Owner Universal Property Professionals
Opened 1961
Major events A1 Grand Prix
WesBank Super Series
Pro Tour
Surface Asphalt
Length 4.2 km (2.6 mi)
Turns 13
Kyalami circuit (1990s onward version).
The circuit as used from 1967 to 1985.

Kyalami (My home in Zulu) is a motor racing circuit located in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa. The circuit has been used for Grand Prix and Formula One races and has hosted the South African Grand Prix many times. In recent years, the area surrounding the circuit has developed into a residential and commercial suburb of Johannesburg. The circuit has also played host to five rounds of the World Superbike series from 1998 - 2002. World Superbikes are set to return to Kyalami in May 2009.

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The original, sweeping circuit was in use from 1967 until political sanctions eliminated the Grand Prix after the 1985 race.[1] When the circuit was rebuilt in the early 1990s as part of a commercial development, Leeukop Bend,the Kink, Pit lane and start finish straight, Crowthorne Corner, Barbeque Bend were all eliminated. Jukskei Sweep was heavily modified to create the entrance into the bend before the then newly built Pit lane and start finish straight. The remaining part of the old almost historical fast circuit,modified to a lesser degree were Sunset Bend, Clubhouse Bend and the Esses still incorporated into the current configuration, with the result that the circuit became a narrow, twisty ribbon rather than one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. Formula One abandoned the rebuilt circuit in 1993 after just two races (and a bankruptcy on the part of the promoter). Kyalami was changed again with the building of the current Pit lane and start finish straight and later again changes were made, most recently the addition of the chicane. Kyalami is currently under new management and 2008 saw 50th Anniversary of the 9 hour revival being held at Kyalami with golden oldies like David Piper and others.[2]

The South African Grand Prix has also been held at East London.

On the 22nd February 2009, Kyalami hosted the South African round of the 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season, taking over from the Durban street circuit.

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