|What||Campos 600 SA Endurance Preview|
|Where||Killarney International Raceway, Cape Town|
|When||Saturday 16 March 2019|
|Community||South Africa National, Western Cape|
Killarney 4-hour kicks off 2019 SA Endurance Series
Cape Town race fans are in for a proper treat Saturday 16 March, when a star-studded grid, lines up for the Campos 600 to open the 2019 Mopar South African Endurance Series at Killarney International Raceway. The Campos 600 is the major attraction as a top class grid of cars and drivers come under starter’s orders at 15h45 Saturday afternoon to race four hours into the dark and top off a great day of Wingfield Power Series motor racing at Killarney.
Local team, Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen’s AidCall247 Rico Barlow Racing Ligier JS53 Evo Honda may be the reigning 2018 SA Endurance champions, but they will have to pull off something of a tortoise and hare move to fend off the fastest cars currently racing in South Africa in a thundering trio of Corvette V8-powered machines. Those include a pair of Ginetta G57s for former SA Endurance champion Simon Murray and ex SA A1GP pilot Gavin Cronje in a Simon Murray Racing car and SA Investchem Formula 1600 champion Stuart White and Craig Jarvis in a Maui Motorhomes version, as well as former SA Endurance champions Francis Carruthers and Johan Engelbrecht’s glorious Aquila CR1.
But that’s not all — 2018’s third-placed SAEC crew Fritz Kleynhans and James Forbes will be out looking to go one or two better in their Comenius Ligier JS53 Evo Honda, Trevor Frost and Johannes Botma race a similar Strocam Mining Ligier, JS49 Honda and local crew Sandro Biccari and Colin Plit will be out in their Juno Mazda.
There’s also a healthy fight set for the smaller sportscar classes with the likes of Eric Salomon and Dave Sinclair’s Lessons ELF S06 Toyota, a trio wieldy of SA-built Nash MVW3-Volkswagens for factory trio Howard Blake and Andrew Horne, Mega Pile pair Byron and John Oliver and Gavin Rooke and Brett Fleming. Dean Wolson and Gerald will also be back aboard their Wright Motorsport S2000 Opel.
It's just as interesting among the GT entries, with ex F1 star and Le Mans 24-hour winner, Dutch driver Jan Lammers and Greg Mills in their Team Africa Le Mans Ginetta G55 GT3 taking on former Campos 600 winners Charl and Harry Arangies' Stradale Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo LP520 GT3 EVO.
Expect an intriguing GT5 battle between Backdraft-Lexus Cobra Roadsters including a Tony Martin-entered factory machine for Brian Martin and Trevor Graham and a Bataleur Racing version for Mike Schmidt and Bruce Avern-Taplin taking on Kishoor Pitamber and Kris Budnik's Bucketlist Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge. Charles Arton and Brian Evans will provide competition in their classic Cape Eye Laser Datsun 240Z and Steve Pickering will be back alongside Andreas Letnick in the Classic Motorsport Porsche 910.
SAEC tin-top champion Theo Van Vuuren is back to claim production car honours alongside Keegan Ward in the title-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta, but they will have to fend off last year’s SA Endurance GT champion Dayne Angel sharing his former GTC2 Autohaus Angel Honda Civic Type R with Jarryd Evans, while Endurance regulars Steve Truter and Wayne Lotter will be running disturbance in their BMW M3.
The Campos 600 promises to be among the highlights of Killarney’s racing year, backed by a couple of spectacular WP Burly Pro GTi Challenge races, three Cape Superbike, Clubmans and Powersport motorcycle races and local Formula Libre, Millstock Classic and Shatterfix Fine Cars racing in a brilliant day’s racing. Don’t miss the Wingfield Power Series action at Killarney 16 March!
Issued on behalf of Campos Racing
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