Last year in February i published an article about the AFRIX Pan-African race series that was to be launched soon. In 2015 – 2016 AFRIX acquired the fleet of Ferrari-powered A1GP cars a few years ago. The plan was to race in the season 2020 – 2021. The AFRIX series was announced four years ago in the media. Sadly, up to today the cars are still waiting to active their engines and go around on the circuit. It raises the question what happened with the series?
I hope I can answer this question. As you can read in the article I published last year, I was and still are excited about this series. The Ferrari A1GP cars have not ran that much. Only one season in the A1GP series before the series folded due to the financial struggling. Therefore, it was great to see the revival of these cars. More or less, also the revival of the A1GP series, only this would happen in Africa.
Originally planned, would have the first race been in October of this year. Though we are near the end of 2020 and there is no AFRIX Pan-African series to been seen on the tracks in Africa. Sadly, there is just one conclusion the series will probably not appear on the tracks either. The last activity of AFRIX on social media is from May 2019. I tried to contact them a couple of times though with no results. Nor new updates have been posted on the website, the website seems to have even errors when loading it.
Their slogan says it all “Reconnection Africa to the World of Motorsport”, I believe it is a cause that doesn’t only reconnect Africa with motorsports, it probably would go deeper than that. If many people have one thing in common, it’s the love for motorsports. Is there a better way to connect people with each other?
There is no racing calendar known for the series. However, the AFRIX Pan-African series would race at first at the legendary Kyalami circuit. After Kyalami, they were to race in on the old road-course of Durban and in Cape Town near one of the stadiums. Plan were made to hold a race in Botswana, and several other African countries. Moreover, the plan was to give African drivers a podium to show themselves. There are not this much African drivers active in the international motorsports.
It seems the attempt to bring the Ferrari A1GP cars back on the track in a similar setting as A1GP back in the days, though now in Africa stranded. Stranded even before it really started. I sincerely hope that the AFRIX Pan-African series will eventually revive and still appears on the track in 2021 or 2022.