JANUARY 12, 1998
Kyalami test to go ahead
Kyalami has not been used for Formula 1 since 1993 but the Johannesburg track has been lobbying quietly for a race. Following the decision of the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens rather than CapeÊTown it is understood that the South African government may be willing to support the Automobile Association of SouthÊAfrica's bid for a Grand Prix.
A week-long test will be a good step for Kyalami and we would expect that once the teams have completed such a test Bernie Ecclestone will have little trouble convincing them that they may as well have an extra race in 1999 as they have paid out the same to fly out to test in South Africa as they would have done if there had been a race, but they did not gain the publicity which comes with a race. It is unlikely that any of the team bosses will argue with that logic.