The African Endurance Series that was initially scheduled for November in Kyalami will now be staged at Killarney in Cape Town on 12 December 2015. This was confirmed by series boss Roger Pearce after speculation on the race due to delays in Kyalami’s reopening.
Kyalami is undergoing an overhaul of R100 million in a bid to attract top international motor racing series back to SA. It was closed in May this year with plans to bring it back to life again in September. Due to the scale of the development which includes refurbishment of the track, realignment of three corners, improving safety systems in the track and accessibility to the place – the planned time completion of the venue’s development will be delayed.
“Despite delays in the re-opening of Kyalami, we investigated various options before coming to arrangement with the Western Province Motor Club to hold the 9 Hour at Killarney,” said Pearce.
Instead of looking at the delays as an inconveniencing situation to the race’s schedule Pearce rather described it as a perfect opportunity for the good benefit of the race. “The timing of this race falls into place with our future plans for the African Endurance Series – to see us racing midsummer. Not only will that ensure the best weather and holiday enjoyment for racers and fans around the country, but we trust it will also prove a lure for overseas competitors to break their bleak winters and come to the African summer to race, while at the same time enjoying a great holiday,” he said.
The race will begin at 2.00pm with an 11.00pm finish on Saturday 12 December. “Practice will be on Friday and WPMC is planning a Festival for the holiday race weekend,” Confirmed Pearce. Further details on the Killarney African 9-hour will be confirmed closer to the event, but it’s understood that several new sports, GT and saloon cars will join the grid in December.
-IgnitionLIVE Reporter, additional reporting by Siyanda Ndlovu.