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2015-07-22 11:28

DEFENDING CHAMPS: Francis Carruthers and Nick Adcock dominated the African Endurance Cape 3-hour at Killarney on June 6 2015. Roll on December's 9-Hour!Image: Giordano Lupini

The African Endurance Series has confirmed that the African 9-Hour scheduled for a revamped Kyalami in November 2015 will now be raced in Cape Town on Saturday December 12.

The chosen track: History Killarney!

Endurance series boss Roger Pearce told Wheels24: “There are delays in the re-opening of Kyalami so we decided to push on and still hold an African 9-Hour this year.

SUPERB HOLIDAY TIMING

“We investigated various options before coming to an arrangement with the Western Province Motor Club, the race to start at 2pm and finish at 11pm. There will be practice on the Friday and the Western Province Motor Club is planning a festival for the holiday race weekend."

Wheels24 understands, however, that the late finish to the race - the track has never raced as late as 11pm and is governed under a night noise agreement with the Cape Town City Council - might be a stumbling block. The simple answer is to start earlier - and probably the Killarney management will be discussing that with the city.

Nevertheless, the race has been approved by the track, in principal, and the seasonal timing of the race is superb for the Western Cape. High summer, the city full of tourists and holidaymakers - and perhaps some overseas competitors will opt to race.

Further details on the Killarney African 9-Hour will be confirmed closer to the event but it is understood that several new sports, GT and saloon cars will join the grid in December.

Wheels24 has asked Killarney for comment - when they come back to us we'll tell you what they said...

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