I’ve been researching the possibility of participating in a new endurance race for a few years now: the South African 9 hour. And with recent news of SRO adding a round in Africa to their Intercontinental GT Challenge, this may actually happen for me.
Like most other events SRO hitch their wagon to an established event, and the South African 9 hour has been run for years. While it’s not huge in it’s current form there is some variety like CN prototypes among GT3 field and other support classes. Kind of like the Gulf 12 hour in Abu Dhabi but more locally focussed. The California 8 hour was small too last year. But it was fairly exciting. News of Kyalami being bought and refurbished last year sort of hinted at bigger and better things to come. And this is pretty awesome.
While there’s no guarantees anything will actually materialize, it certainly gives me something to look forward to and plan out. The race won’t be until the end of the 2019 racing season, early November. Plenty of time to save up money with my new job, and request the time off I would need for the 16 hour flight from NYC to Johannesburg. Sign up for some rewards cards to optimize my hotel and airline redemptions. Research the MX5 Miata community to organize a meet. And maybe even plan a side trip to Madagascar or the Seychelles. Who knows? The possibilities are endless.
But for now I’m excited to see what pans out from this. I have participated in most SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge events, Spa 24 hours a few times. Bathurst 12 hours, Sepang 12 hour, California 8 hour at Laguna Seca… Suzuka has rejected me for my first event in Japan but I’m hopeful the South Africans would be more welcoming.
Kyalami or bust!