AFRICAN ENDURANCE SERIES 9 HOUR RACE
date: 12 December 2015 | Words: Killarney WPMC | Photos: RaceMasteR
Location: Killarney Raceway, Cape Town.
The first 9-Hour Endurance
Race at Killarney in almost two decades on Saturday 12 December
2015 proved a triumph for the driving skill of Harp Motorsport’s
Francis Carruthers, Nick Adcock and Johan Engelbrecht.
They were aided by a meticulously prepared Juno SS3 that never
missed a beat and after taking the lead shortly after the start,
went on to finish well ahead of the second placed Le Mans Ginetta
in the hands of former world sports car champion Jan Lammers,
Sarel van der Merwe and Greg Mills.
However these places were reversed in the Index of Performance
results where the Ginetta was classified marginally ahead of the
Killarney based Juno.
In what became a war of attrition towards the end, only 17 0f
the original 32 entries were classified as finishers. Local veteran
Keith Fourie who was teamed with his son Gary and William Luzmore
in a Porsche GT3 Cup car did well to finish third overall and
fourth in the Index of Performance stakes.
This, after a similar spec Cup car driven by Craig Jarvis, Simon
Murray and Andrew Culbert that was marginally ahead of them for
a long period, was forced to retire almost within sight of the
Although the Campos family’s impressive 5-litre V8 powered
Shelby Can-Am set the quickest qualifying time on a wet track
on Saturday morning and led for the first two laps, it soon disappeared
from the leader board and was not classified as a finisher.
An interesting feature of the race was that reliability and consistency
proved to be of more value than overall speed.
Because while the fastest lap time was set by Duncan and Graham
Vos in their Jaguar motivated Juno SS3 they were only able to
finish fifth overall.
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