South Africa's Kyalami racetrack, which hosted Formula 1 races for 18 years, could be lost to motorsport.

The famed circuit's 72ha site, which is in a rapidly developing area north of Johannesburg went up for auction this week.

Auctioneer Lance Chalwin-Mitton said it might be possible for the new owners to keep the track and develop around it.

The fast 4.25km circuit hosted Grand Prix races from 1967 until 1985 when it was axed from the world championship because of the former apartheid regime.


Local hero and former world champion Jody Scheckter won the South African GP there in 1975.

Formula 1 was revived at Kyalami in 1992 and 1993 after Nelson Mandela was released from prison but a sponsor's bankruptcy ended the GP. Frenchman Alain Prost was the last winner at Kyalami in 1993.

The circuit hosted its last international competition in May 2010 with the sixth race of the World Superbike Championship.