Posted on Tue February 7, 2023.

2023 marks the first year the Official Virtual Kyalami 9 hour event will be open to International competitors. Up to 100 contestants can sign up to the division Qualifiers of which only the fastest 40 drivers will qualify into the main series of four 1-hour races.
One significant difference in 2023 compared to previous years lies in the event duration. The ongoing electricity supply struggle in South Africa means that running one continuous 9 hour race is simply not viable. Drivers, admins and broadcast crews will inevitably be without electricity at some point during the race due to load shedding schedules. For the international drivers feel free to read up on the term “Load Shedding” for a better understanding of the situation. To facilitate participants who would be affected, we have opted to run four 60 minute races at carefully selected time intervals. Drivers will be afforded 2 “drop rounds”, meaning that only your 2 best results will count towards your overall standings.

Motorsport fans can look forward to an adrenaline-filled motorsport extravaganza when the iconic Kyalami 9-Hour returns to South Africa from 23 – 25 February 2023. The weekend’s headline event is the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli, following just three weeks after the opening round of the 2023 season at Bathurst in Australia. Organisers anticipate that all teams will be lined up on the grid to boost their season title aspirations. Joining the SRO Motorsports Group K9H starting grid will be some of the top South African teams in FIA-homologated GT3 and GT4 machinery. Thursday’s practice sessions will be open to the public for the first-time, giving motorsport enthusiasts the opportunity to see glowing brake discs and flame-spitting exhausts during the night practice session. Getting even closer to the action, pit walks and driver autograph sessions are back on the event programme.

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