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Endurance racing returns to iconic Kyalami

2015-05-04 09:32

CRIMSON RACER: Alfa Romeo will be looking for more success with its race GT at the Kyalami Two-hour. Image: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - South African motorsport fans have a little extra to look forward to at the next Kyalami race meeting on 9 May with the inclusion of a Two-Hour African Endurance Series round.

Perhaps even more exciting is that the series will return to the iconic circuit in November for a Nine-Hour race.

RETURN OF GOOD 'OL TIMES

The Nine-Hour, and later the Wynn’s 1000, endurance races were legend and people still pine for them.

Motorsport SA has some good news - endurance racing will be back at Kyalami with a Two-Hour African Endurance Series round on Saturday May 9; perhaps even more exciting is that the series will return to the iconic circuit in November 2015 for a Nine-Hour.

This weekend’s Two-Hour will be Round 3 of the African Endurance Series, initially set as a 90-minute event but now scheduled to run into night at the end of the Historic Tour event at the Midrand track and  set to present a tussle of the highest order between sports, GT and saloon racers - just as it used to be.

Making it even more interesting, Motorsport SA says, is the situation at the top of the African Endurance points table where eight drivers among six teams are within two points at the top of the championship log -  three of them on a maximum of 20 points scored. 

TIGHTLY CONTESTED LEADER BOARD

Top-of-the-log drivers are among the Kyalami Two-Hour favourites: Johannesburg Ecurie Zoo brothers Duncan and Graham Vos have twice won Class X in the Juno-Jaguar SS with which they took overall honours at the previous One-Hour at the new Port Shepstone KZN Dezzi Raceway.

The Vos team will not only be looking for another overall win at Kyalami but to also to open their points advantage over Jeff Gable, who had hustled his nimble Birkin Seven to a Class Y wins at Dezzi Raceway and Phakisa a month earlier to also put him on a maximum 20 points.

The effective championship fourth place is split between four drivers: Class G's Ronald Janse van Rensburg and his reliable little Golf; Rod Schafer and his Class X Lotus 7; Class Y lads Craig Harper and Clinton Thorne in their home-built Harper.

Terence Ehlers is one point behind in eighth in his Nissan 370Z but another 27 drivers sit on 10 points, most having won their class at Phakisa or Dezzi.

SALOON RACING

Among those are likely Kyalami front-runners: the Phakisa-winning Juno of Steve Humble, Johan Engelbrecht and Colin Plit; the Sarel van der Merwe/Derek Irving/Mike Mills Pilbeam LMP100; the Toby Venter/Mike Warton-Hood Porsche 911 GT2.

Likely saloon protagonists: John MacLachlan in an Alfa Romeo GT; Mike Schmidt/Bruce Avern-Taplin's Toyota Corolla; Dino Scribante in a Tiga; Tony Martin and the Backdraft Cobras.

Expect Colin Ellison among other quick Chevrons in the fray.

The Kyalami Two-Hour promises a varied and interesting endurance race at the end of an already entertaining Historic Tour meeting as the Midrand circuit begins its return to hosting the legendary Nine-Hour.

VOS AND THE FURIOUS: Racing brothers Duncan and Graham Vos are out to make it three in a row at the Kyalami African Endurance Two-hour. Image: Supplied



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