The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, located in Midrand, South Africa, needed a major facelift when it was purchased by a new owner with big ambition, in 2014. Built in the 1960s, the circuit had gone through an initial rebuild in the 1990s, but very little maintenance had been performed on the track surface since then.
Before the project, the 4,246 m anti-clockwise circuit was a mix of straights, curves, sharp corners and the infamous “mine shaft”, a downhill straight and fast curve. This track has hosted World Superbike and Formula A1 single-seater racing.
In 2014, the track was sold to OT Investments. The new owner needed to rehabilitate the track surface and wanted to add an extension to the pit straight, believing it would enhance the appeal of the circuit to the racing fraternity.
The client’s objective was to transform the circuit into a modern, world-class track surface and venue with safety installations. The client also wanted to create a spectator-friendly venue and a viable commercial complex for day-to-day operations.