JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Intercontinental GT Challenge will be in Africa for the first time this weekend (November 21-23) for the last meeting of its season.
Audi Sport customer racing will be looking for its sixth title in the only worldwide GT3 racing series in South Africa. Two teams and six drivers will represent Audi Sport at Kyalami.
The series involves five major endurance races (one per continent) starting with the Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia in February and followed by the California 8 Hours in March, the Spa 24 Hours in July, the Suzuka 10 Hours in August and now, the Kyalami 9 Hours.
In the first four rounds four various driver combinations from three automakers won. Most recently, Audi Sport drivers Kelvin van der Linde/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch in an Audi R8 LMS won at Suzuka – and will be racing in South Africa with Audi Sport Team WRT.
Fellow Audi Sport drivers Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Markus Winkelhock will share a cockpit in Audi Sport Team Land. Sporting zebra liveries, each Audi R8 LMS will be continuing a cherished Audi Sport graphic design tradition that also serves as a symbol of respect for the hosting countries: with specially designed graphics for Australia, California, Macau and, now, South Africa, the brand has repeatedly created a look reflecting local colour in recent years.
SEEKING THE DRIVERS’ TITLE
Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing, told The Corner: “The time before the finale at Kyalami is marked by special suspense. On the one hand, it’s great that South Africa is now part of the calendar and that the Kyalami 9 Hours is reviving a great sport-car tradition after a 37-year break.
”On the other hand, Frédéric Vervisch can be in contention for the Drivers’ title. Then we have South African Kelvin van der Linde who will no doubt be thrilling his home crowd.”