Numerous community entries are anticipated for the Kyalami 9 Several hours on 3-4 December and here’s a person of them.
Expert GT and touring car Motorists Xolile Letlaka (previously mentioned), Tschops Sipuka (below) and Philip Kekana (pictured bottom) will come to be the first-ever all-black African workforce to compete in the party in the Into Africa Mining Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.
Far more local entries will be a improve to the party as it has been in the earlier for all IGTC races which includes the Bathurst 12 Hour and Suzuka 10 Hour races.
The trio’s Into Africa Mining Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo is focusing on Nationwide Class honours together with several other area entries that usually contend in the SA Endurance Series.
Letlaka and Sipuka lie 3rd in their domestic Endurance Series standings even with missing the opening round right after claiming two victories and a 2nd location finish from 4 starts off.
48-year-previous businessman Xolile Letlaka turned the to start with guy of colour to win a spherical of the Endurance series very last yr, and on his GT3 debut to boot, soon after teaming up with Charl Arangies.
“It will almost certainly be one of the proudest days of my life,” said Letlaka. “Fielding a crew with two drivers who grew up in rural villages in the Jap Cape and one particular from Soweto speaks to my motto of ‘we raise as we rise’.”
Tschops Sipuka requirements no introduction to South African motorsport supporters. He received the Polo Cup title in 2002 and 2003 just before progressing into generation cars and trucks in a manufacturing unit-backed Audi. Right after a 7-calendar year absence from the sport, he returned to GTC racing in 2019, successful the East London spherical. The 43-12 months-previous has also raced a Mercedes Supertruck and analyzed an Indy Lights vehicle throughout his various vocation.
“It will be an honour to showcase ourselves on an global phase,” he mentioned. “Consistency and velocity will be our watchwords. The Kyalami 9 Hour is likely to be a incredibly specific minute for our team.”
Philip Kekana is both energized and nervous about his GT3 racing debut acquiring been out of the activity for a extended time, he is relishing his take a look at session ahead of the huge race.
“It’s heading to be a steep discovering curve for me I have to come to be accustomed to the car or truck – have an understanding of how the device works and how considerably I can force it. I was incredibly enthusiastic when Xolile known as to present me the drive. I’ve been instruction hard due to the fact then,” claimed the 55-12 months-old Sowetan resident.
Kekana begun racing Group N autos in 1997 just before profitable the title in 2002 and hopes the Into Africa Mining crew will encourage youthful black young children to just take a even bigger interest in motorsport, primarily from an engineering standpoint.
The race will entire the 2021 Intercontinental GT Problem subsequent the Spa 24 Hrs and Indianapolis 8 Hrs.