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Kyalami to lay on exciting weekend of racing

Motorsport

Midrand, Gauteng - The first race meeting at the newly refurbished Kyalami circuit in October 2016 was a success and the circuit is now preparing for its second race day. Its first meeting of the 2017 season will be a showpiece featuring seven of South Africa’s premier race series this Saturday.

Highlights will include the Sasol GTC series, and a fleet of new GT3 cars set to take to the track for the first time in the G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races.

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A big drawcard will be the Extreme Supercars, with exotic Italian and German sportscars in action.

Of particular interest in the Extreme Supercar races will be several new GT3 sports-cars expected to make their Kyalami debut, including a newly imported Ferrari 458 racer, SA’s first racing Lamborghini Huracan and the latest Porsche 911 GT3 machines, competing against a full field of existing GT3 machines.

With more than 30 entries already received, race fans can expect these races to live up to their Extreme billing. All of them will be out to beat Kyalami boss Toby Venter, who also happens to hold the current lap record and whose team is preparing his new Porsche for the big day.

The second round of the Sasol GTC championship will see the cream of South Africa’s race drivers fighting it out with SA champion Michael Stephen’s Audi, Gennaro Bonafede and Johan Fourie’s BMWs and the factory Volkswagens among the front-runners, and the best of Volkswagen, Mini and Honda’s hot hatches slugging it out in the GTC 2 category.

The Engen Volkswagen Cup one-make series always provides close racing and can be relied on for a good show.

V8 action 

Investchem Formula 1600 races will provide the open-wheeler action, while also back by popular demand is a V8 race featuring both the SAMCAR V8 Supercars as well as the Cape V8 Masters. The Samcar category will field a total of 12 cars, led by Franco di Matteo (Jaguar), and Ben Morgenrood (Mustang).

The V8 Masters category will bring another 13 cars to the party.The National Sports Car Challenge and the SKF Legends of the 9-hour historic racing cars will add interest to a full day of car racing.

Full catering facilities will be operating and several exciting entertainment and off-track highlights are planned between the races to keep race fans entertained throughout the day.

Tickets cost R120, with children under 12 entering for free. Tickets are available via the Kyalami Motorsport Festival iTicket link at www.kyalamigrandprixcircuit.com along with more event details and race programs.

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