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Top entries for Africa Six-Hour

2014-01-24 11:12

SIX-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE: Spectators at the Phakisa Freeway circuit will be able to watch cars such as the Juno S3 (bottom) and several Shelby Can Ams at the 2014 Africa 6-Hour. Image: SUPPLIED

The Africa 6-Hour race returns to the Phakisa Freeway circuit in 2014. The track, outside Welkom in the Free State, will host the third iteration of the race.

Only three drivers will be allowed per car with a maximum permitted driving time of two hours per stint and a break of at least 15 minutes between shifts.

To prevent the same drivers finishing first and second, drivers may only race one car in the event.


Duncan Vos, the 2013 winner, will be driving a Pilbeam MP100 LMP2 car along with car owner Gregg Mills and another, yet to be announced, driver. A team of engineers from Le Mans LMP2 winners Greaves Motorsport is working to prepare the vehicle.

In 2013, it was the team’s Pilbeam MP98 that took top honours and Graham Vos has been nominated to drive the same car again in 2014. 

Classic cars in with a chance of taking overall honours are the Chevron B19s with Colin Ellison as lead driver and Peter Jenkins heading the driver line-up in a second entry.

Former single seater champion Marco da Cunha returns in a Speads RS10RR, which he will be sharing with Gary and Jordan Sherratt.

Francis Carruthers, Nick Adcock, Johan Englebrecht and Steve Humble will drive a Juno S3. Josh Broome will drive a nimble Radical SR8, powered by a Suzuki-based 2.6 V8 engine.


There is a strong challenge for overall honours from eight Shelby Can Am cars.

The team to beat will be the entry of champion Rui Campos and sons, Formula Ford (FF) champion Jason and fellow FF racer younger brother Keegan.

V8 Supercar champion Ben Morgenrood and Alan Eve will team-up in a Shelby while another V8 specialist Des Gutzeit will be partnered by father and son duo Andrew and Jade Strike. 

Thomas Reib and Sean Greve is another combination to look forward to, as is Craig and Chris Shorter with former champion Neil Lobb.

Helicopter pilot Alister Brown will take on the 2014 Africa 6-Hour with Barry Ingle and Menno Parsons.

The Fantastic Racing car will be driven by Doug Macdonald, Mike Verrier and Nick Adcock. Preparation expert Ian Smith will team-up with Stuart Mack and female racer Elna Croeser.


It’s been more than 30 years since the South African Kreepy Krauly March 83G, driven by Tony Martin, Sarel van der Merwe and Graham Duxbury, sensationally won the Daytona 24-hour race.

Martin teams-up with Franco Scribante to form a strong team in the lead Backdraft 4000.

A Panoz and Dodge Viper will have to contend with a host of porches in the production sports car field.


Event organiser Roger Pearce is delighted with the entrants: “It is a quality entry list and I’ll put money on it being an ultra-fast race.

“It will be interesting to see the battle between the Shelby Can Am, Speads, Juno and Pilbeam sports cars and don’t forget the Porsches and other exotics that will be waiting to pounce should the hares run into problems.”

Pearce commeted on the Index of Performance award, which favours reliability, slick pits-work and consistent lap times: “The race for Index of Performance honours will also be interesting and it all depends on who will go the distance.

“Of course there’s a good chance that something like an MGB or Toyota Corolla, etc could lay claim to the bag of gold.”

After a compulsory night practice session on February 22 2014, qualifying for the Africa 6-hour takes place at 12:00pm on February 23 with the race getting underway at 2:00pm and finishing six hours later at 8:00pm.

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