BACK­DRAFT IN 9-HOUR AT KIL­LAR­NEY

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

WITH the clock tick­ing down to the close of en­tries for the African En­durance Kil­lar­ney 9-hour on 12 De­cem­ber, there is al­ready a most im­pres­sive list of cars and driv­ers headed to the Cape for the epic race.

The GT en­tries look like the who’s who of SA mo­tor­sport with the leg­end him­self, Sarel Van der Merwe, Greg Mills and Gunter Drotschie shar­ing an­other freshly im­ported car, the Africa Le Mans Ginetta G55.

Among their prin­ci­pal ri­vals will be van der Merwe’s for­mer Kreepy Krauly March Porsche Day­tona 24-hour win­ning team­mate Tony Martin from his Back­draft fac­tory in Prospec­ton.

Martin has teamed up with Mike McLough­lin and JP Bre­den­hann aboard the works Back­draft BDR4000 and or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing sev­eral fur­ther ex­cit­ing teams to en­ter be­fore the 12 Novem­ber cut-off. Other mouth­wa­ter­ing GT en­tries in­clude Charl and Harry Aran­g­ies’ Stradale Mo­tor­sport Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo GT3, Dave Alhadeff and Chris Carolin in a Panoz Esper­ante Martin Wright, Colin Butcher and Paul de Klerk in a sis­ter Back­draft BER4000. They will face a horde of Porsches in­clud­ing Sun Mood­ley’s Big Foot GT3 Cup, Ra­jen Naidoo.

Orig­i­nally slated for Kyalami, the 9-hour’s spir­i­tual home is cur­rently in the process of a mas­sive re­build and will not be ready in time, which saw the ti­tle-de­cid­ing African En­durance Se­ries fi­nal move to Kil­lar­ney in Cape Town. — WR.

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