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2014-05-02 10:50

MAKING SA PROUD: Mathew Hodges will take on the 12-hour endurance race at Zandvoort in May 2014 behind the wheel of a 450kW BMW 1 Series. Image: STEVE WICKS

STEVE WICKS

South Africa’s Mathew Hodges, two-times Volkswagen Cup championship winner, will contest the Hankook 12-hour endurance race atZandvoort in The Netherlands overMay 30/31.

Hodges has been invited to drive a BMW 150 GTR with Saxon Motorsport team boss Nick Barrow and Clint Bardwell. He scored a class win at the Nurburgring 24-hour in 2012 in a BMW 135d and contested a few four-hour races in the same car.

He raced at Zandvoort when he was competing in the Seat Cupra Cup in 2011.

BMW 1 SERIES UPGRADE

Though he’ll be racing a BMW 1 Series once again at the at the 2014 event, the car is vastly different to that which he drove at Nurburgring. According to Saxon Motorsport, it will be powered by a five-litre V10 petrol engine capable of 450kW as opposed to the 300kW three-litre twin-turbo diesel used in the previous car.

The event has a unique format in that it starts at 4pm on Friday May 30 and will be stopped at 7pm. All cars will enter parc ferme (closed park) and race the remaining nine hours the following day.

Radio Show Limited, the voice behind Radio Le Mans, is extending its coverage of endurance racing and the 12-hour Zandvoort race will be covered live on www.radiolemans.com.

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