It’s official – the iconic Kyalami 9 Hour Race will be back as the second round of the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) Powered by Pirelli, in February 2023.
However, the entire week leading up to the start of the race has been dedicated to a major motor sport and lifestyle expo and festival.
The IGTC Series is a GT3 and GT4 Sportscar based series which has run at Kyalami since 2019. The series visits the five continents and the Kyalami round, in February, will be the second round of the five-race 2023 season.
The 9 Hour will be contested by both overseas and local GT3 and GT4 race teams. It is expected more than 20 entries, including top international and local drivers, will fight for overall and class victories in the endurance race. All the top national motor sport categories will also participate in various support races during three days of track action.
Additional K9H Motor Fest activities includes the inaugural Golf Day which will feature some of the world’s best racing drivers participating as part of the four-ball teams. This all set against the glamour of an international motor race offering private or shared corporate hospitality for the Kyalami 9 Hour race.
Against the backdrop of the 9 Hour night practice session, a Gala Dinner with a charity-based motor sport memorabilia themed auction will take place, offering additional networking opportunities for the captains of the motor industry.
The week-long K9H Trade and Exhibition show, which is open to the public, transforms into the ultimate test-drive opportunity for potential customers to experience the latest model offerings from local manufacturers and importers on the handling and 4×4 track from the Wednesday.
Manufacturers and importers will further be able to offer their business associates, partners and members of the public a glimpse of what the racing drivers will face with three days of hot laps around the iconic 4,5 km Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from the Wednesday to Friday.
Friday’s activities ramp up the excitement with a beer and wine festival, 150 plus cars in the support category races, including top South African national championships and the Kyalami 9 Hour qualifying sessions, which culminate with the Top 10 Pole Shootout.
On the Saturday there is a high-speed historic race car display, the support races, the on-going beer and wine festival and Trade and Exhibition show.
Adam Brown, Kyalami 9 Hour Event Director, says; “The 9 Hour has proven itself to be the premier event on the South African motor sport calendar, and a top-rated stop on the international tour. We are delighted to confirm the 2023 event as the second round of the season, and we are especially excited to launch the K9H Motor Fest.
“The Motor Fest adds dynamic content to the successful formula for all our motorsport fans, partners and industry stakeholders. The 2023 Kyalami 9 Hour now possesses all the ingredients necessary to become a flagship event of the motoring sector in South Africa.”