On 4 November 1961, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit opened with the 4th 9 Hour and the good news is fans can once again be part of the live action when the Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale comes to town on 4 December with a 9 Hour endurance race. With the recent announcement by government allowing limited spectator access to sporting events, plans are currently being put in place to accommodate a limited number of spectators at the event. These plans, once finalised, will be formally announced with online ticket sales opening soon after, organisers say.
As with the 2019 and 2020 events, the 9 Hour race will once again draw some of the top international GT race teams and drivers to the Midrand-based circuit, and the battle for title honours among the participating manufacturers is expected to provide thrilling racing. Although the full entry list is not available yet, it is expected that several local teams, currently competing in the South African GT Championship, will enter the 9 Hour race.
The event will also see four local categories competing as support races with many championships also to be decided at Kyalami. These include the SAGT Series, Global Touring Cars, Volkswagen Polo Cup, BMW Racing Series and Mobil 1 V8 Supercars. Adding to the local content and variety of the event, the Soweto Drift Academy will once again host an off-track spinning competition.
Practice for both the 9 Hour and support races will kick off on Thursday, 2 December and support races and official qualifying for the 9 Hour will take place on the Friday, with a traditional midday start planned for the 9 Hour Race on Saturday, 4 December.