Audi all set to take Kyalami 9-Hour crown from Porsche

By Pritesh Ruthun Time of article published Nov 25, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - Audi is all set to face the world GT3 sports car elite for the last time this year at the Kyalami race track inAudi is all set to face the world GT3 sports car elite for the last time this year at the Kyalami race track Johannesburg from December 10 to 12, 2020. After three major endurance races in Australia, the USA and Europe, the Kyalami 9 Hour race will complete the 2020 season in the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC).

Three Audi Sport race cars and a privately used R8 LMS represent the brand in South Africa next month.

A NEW SPIRIT FOR ENDURANCE RACING IN SA

The traditional Kyalami 9 Hour event, which was revived last year, inspired participants and audience alike. “The varied circuit in South Africa has prepared an exciting race for us and also marks the finale of a demanding season in the IGTC in 2020,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “We are standing in third position in the manufacturers' classification and are doing our utmost to improve our position.”

Audi Sport Team WRT from Belgium, which has already won 24-hour races, other major competitions and dozens of championships with the R8 LMS, is preparing two race cars.

Markus Winkelhock, currently fifth in the standings and the best-placed driver of the four rings, shares a cockpit with his Audi Sport driver colleagues Dries Vanthoor and Kelvin van der Linde.

In the Belgian outfit’s second car, Charles Weerts has a chance to prove himself alongside Audi Sport drivers Frédéric Vervisch and Mirko Bortolotti. At 19 years of age, privateer Weerts is the youngest ever driver to win the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup, a feat he achieved in October in one of the most fiercely contested GT3 racing series in Europe.

Kelvin van der Linde.

Audi Sport Team Car Collection completes the line-up of Audi Sport customer racing in South Africa with another R8 LMS. There, the Audi Sport drivers Mattia Drudi, Christopher Haase and Patric Niederhauser take turns in the cockpit. Last year, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock in fourth place at Kyalami missed the podium by just six seconds. Peter Schmidt’s team, which has years of experience in endurance racing, will also be entering an Audi R8 LMS for a private driver line-up yet to be determined.

A UNIQUE LOOK FOR THE R8 AGAIN

After the Audi R8 LMS attracted a lot of attention last year with its eye-catching zebra design created exclusively for Kyalami, the Audi Sport racing cars will again receive unique liveries for the finale this year, which will reflect the colours of South Africa.

The drivers can look forward to a varied 4.522-kilometre circuit with significant changes in elevation and 16 corners with very different radii. Its layout made many exciting situations and overtaking manoeuvres possible twelve months ago.

The Kyalami 9 Hour race will be streamed live on www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com on 12 December from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET).

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