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Kyalami 9 Hour

Racing fans can rejoice as the Kyalami 9 hour returns this November after a 37-year hiatus.

History of Kyalami:

  • Known as the home of South African motorsport, the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has been the battleground for some of the world’s most iconic racing events since its construction in 1961.
  • The track has seen the likes of Formula 1 with the first race being held in 1967 along with local and international touring car races.
  • Some five years ago the circuit was bought and ultimately saved by businessman and motorsport enthusiast Toby Venter.
  • The facility has become an internationally recognized conference and events location hosting everything from business seminars, food festivals and even forms part of the 947 cycle challenge.

Kyalami is set for action-packed racing:

  • After acquiring the circuit in 2014, the O T Venter Group invested in getting the track FIA approved. It is now set to once again host the 9 Hour from the 21st to the 23rd of November 2019 after a 37-year hiatus.
  • The event will form part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, powered by Pirelli and as a bonus, will also be the season finale.

What to expect:

  • Event-goers can expect to see manufacturers such as Audi Sport, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan, Porsche as well as Aston Martin and Lamborghini all fighting for position on the track.
  • It is said that around 30 cars will form part of the provisional entry list.

Local is Lekker

  • Three South African teams have also entered the iconic event in the form of Stradale Motorsport, Pablo Clark Racing and Team Perfect Circle.
  • An additional three South Africans, Jordan Pepper plus the Van der Linde brothers Kelvin and Sheldon, are all part of Bentley, Audi and BMW factory teams at Kyalami.
  • They will be joined by compatriots David Perel, Gennaro Bonafede and Ignatius Michael Von Rooyen as Intercontinental GT Challenge nominated entries. Lechner Racing also includes rising local talent, Saul Hack, in their driver line-up.

Home-grown motorsport to feature as well:

  • With a reputation as two of South Africa’s most competitive and exciting racing series, the Falken Polo Cup and Motomart VW Challenge will combine for two thrilling races, one taking place late on Friday afternoon and the second on Saturday morning ahead of the main event.
  • The action continues with the thrilling world of spinning as Soweto also comes to Kyalami on Friday, November 22 in the form of the Soweto Drift Academy.
  • The Soweto Drift 60 Minute Challenge will see six of South Africa’s finest car spinners push their famous BMW 325i models to the limits. Attendees can expect to see favourites such as Kayla, Eddie Boy, Veejaro, Mosotho, King Katra and Shanstone/WothiMalume who will perform rollbacks, tyre bouncing, side-to-sides and the target slide with the most daring spinner walking away with R10 000.

Entertainment other than world-class racing:

  • The organisers of the event have also catered for fans from all walks of life and of all ages who want to show off their driving skills. Those attending can drive Sodi karts around the Kyalami Dynamic Handling Circuit.
  • Children aged 3 to 12 can hit the throttle in a Sodi Kid Racer which has space for an adult to sit behind and lend a hand where necessary.
  • Those aged over 12 years of age can race for glory in a Sodi RT8 270cc.
  • There is also an impressive line-up of some of our country’s most impressive musical artists such as Black Coffee, Shekinah, Prime Circle, Julian Gomes and Sun El Musician.

Various areas:

  • The event organisers have divided the entire track up to accommodate different event-goers.
  • The outer track will be for general spectators and is said to have a capacity for around 40 000 people.
  • Food trucks and beverage stands will also be conveniently placed.
  • The inner track will house more exclusive stands such as VIP hospitality suits as well as more exclusive spectator points.
  • Ticket prices are said to start at around R200 per person.

More than just racing:

  • The 9 Hour is not just a racing experience, it forms part of a bigger plan to boost the local economy as well as create more jobs.
  • Kyalami has become the backbone of a business ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
  • Small enterprises, such as food and beverage stalls flourish, while events and staging companies create thousands of temporary employment opportunities in addition to their increasing number of permanent employees.
  • International and national events support hotels, restaurants and the broader tourism industry also benefits from such events.

Can’t make the event?

  • The 9 Hour event will be televised and streamed live via the worldwide web to the far corners of the world.
  • The excellence of the entire Kyalami precinct designed and constructed by South African companies, will be seen by thousands of people the world over.

 

Are you interested in attending the Kyalami 9 Hour? We have 19 double tickets to give away for Saturday the 23rd of November as well as six double Race Fan tickets valued at R2500 per pair. All that you have to do is answer the following question: How long has it been since the last Kyalami 9 Hour event? Entrants can enter their answer in the contact form below along with their name, surname, email address and telephone number.

 

Autodealer Kyalami 9 hour competition

 

 

Competition Terms and Conditions

The promoter is Caxton Local Newspapers whose registered office is at 20 Sydney road Ravenswood Boksburg. The competition is open to residents of South Africa except for employees of Caxton Local Newspapers and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or event. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Caxton Radio, Local Caxton News websites under the tab “Car News”, Autodealer social media platforms and the Autodealer print product. In the event that an entrant wins a prize, the necessary tickets will be sent via email to the recipient, should the entrant have supplied the correct email address. The prize includes a pair of tickets to the race on Saturday the 23rd of November only and does not include catering, transport to the venue or any other form of financial assistance. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Closing date for entry will be 19/11/2019. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Winners will be chosen at random by software. The winner will be notified by email no less than two days before the event. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected/is delivered. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by South African law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South Africa. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry.

 

 

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