Paramount Team Africa Le Mans, Cape 9-Hour Endurance Race

11 Dec 2021
Today sees the third running of the Killarney Nine-Hour Endurance event. Despite Covid constricting a top crop of international entries, the event has attracted nearly forty cars, including not fewer than eight GT3 and GT4 internationally-homologated saloons along with a number of very quick, top-flight sportscars.

The Paramount Ginetta GT3 crewed by a team of legendary South African drivers in rally and race ace Sarel van der Merwe, multiple saloon-car champion Hennie Groenewald, and Jaki Scheckter, son of multiple SA champion Ian and 1979 World F1 Champion Jody, qualified in a comfortable and competitive eighth, while the Ginetta GT4 of Geoff Mortimer and the three Western Province Motor Club office bearers in Tim Reddell, Mark Ridgway and Greg Mills was in eighteenth.

Nine Hours is a long way in a race-car, and the event will be won by a measure of consistency, pace and reliability, with more time on the track than in the pits. The race will be started at 1200 noon by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Images by - Richard Harper