Five of R-Motorsport’s Blancpain GT Series drivers will contest the final round of 2019’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli at Kyalami with Aston Martin.
R-Motorsport claimed pole position for #IntGTC’s season opener at Bathurst in February when it ran the previous-generation V12 Vantage. The Swiss squad has since switched to the newly homologated V8-powered model, two of which are heading to the revived 9 Hour in South Africa.
Hugo De Sadeleer, Ricky Collard and recent Blancpain race winner Marvin Kirchhöfer share the #62 entry while AMR factory ace Maxime Martin and Bathurst pole-setter Jake Dennis are joined in the #76 car by Enaam Ahmed, who makes his debut with the team. The 19-year-old won 2017’s British F3 title before competing in the European and Japanese equivalents over the next two years.
“After the Bathurst 12 Hour and 24 Hours of Spa, the Kyalami 9 Hour will be our third GT3 endurance race in the Intercontinental GT Challenge,” said Team Principal Dr Florian Kamelger.
“Once again, our squad of drivers will be made up of experienced crew members and young talents. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Enaam Ahmed, who is the youngest member of our team. We will be giving him an opportunity in Kyalami to demonstrate his skills in one of the world’s most demanding endurance events. The race on the outskirts of Johannesburg will place special demands on man and machine with high day-time temperatures and finish at night when it’s much cooler. We are really looking forward to the challenge and to our race debut in South Africa.”
Kyalami’s revived nine-hour race returns to the international calendar on November 21-23 following a 37-year hiatus. Aston Martin aren’t eligible to score Intercontinental GT Challenge points but, as at Bathurst and Spa, will go up against the championship’s eight full-season manufacturers for the honour of winning one of the world’s foremost endurance events.
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