Kyalami 9 Hours

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The Nine Hours of Kyalami was an endurance sports car race contested in South Africa from the late 1950s until the late 1980s. The first races were held at a circuit at the Grand Central Airport near Midrand. In 1961, the event moved to the newly constructed Kyalami Circuit.

From 1965 to 1973, the race was the centerpiece of the South African Springbok Trophy Series. In 1974, the event was part of the World Sportscar Championship, switching to a 6 hour/1000 kilometre format. From 1975 until 1979, the race was held for touring cars. The race returned to sports cars and its 9 hour duration in 1981 and 1982, before being shortened to 1000 km and becoming part of the World Sportscar Championship once more in 1983 and 1984. After not being held in 1985 due to circuit construction, a 500 km event was contested from 1986-1988. It was revived as a 2 hour, 30 minute, race as part of the SportsRacing World Cup from 1998-2000.

Grand Central[edit]

Year Drivers Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title
Non-Championship
15 November 1958 South Africa Ian Frazer-Jones
South Africa Tony Fergusson
Porsche 356 9 hours
902.468 km (560.768 mi)
South African Nine Hour Endurance Race
6 October 1959 South Africa Chris Fergusson
South Africa Hugh Carrington
South Africa H. M. Carrington Dart - Climax 9 hours
922.959 km (573.500 mi)
South African Nine Hour Endurance Race
29 October 1960 Rhodesia Dawie Gous
Rhodesia John Love
South Africa A. H. Pillman & Son (Pty.) Ltd. Porsche 550 RS 9 hours
989.816 km (615.043 mi)
Rand Daily Mail South African Nine Hour Endurance Race

Kyalami[edit]

Year Winning Driver(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title
Non-Championship
4 November 1961 Rhodesia Dawie Gous
Rhodesia John Love
South Africa A. H. Pillman & Son (pty.) Ltd. Porsche 550 Spyder 9 hours
1,082.509 km (672.640 mi)
South African Nine Hour Endurance Race
3 November 1962 United Kingdom David Piper
South Africa Bruce Johnstone
United Kingdom David Piper Ferrari 250 GTO 9 hours
1,113.022 km (691.600 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
2 November 1963 United Kingdom David Piper
South Africa Tony Maggs
United Kingdom David Piper Ferrari 250 GTO 9 hours
1,198.000 km (744.403 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
21 October 1964 United Kingdom David Piper
South Africa Tony Maggs
United Kingdom David Piper Auto Racing Ltd.
United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires
Ferrari 250 LM 9 hours
1,222.240 km (759.465 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
South African Springbok Trophy Series
6 November 1965 United Kingdom David Piper
United Kingdom Richard Attwood
United Kingdom David Piper Auto Racing Ltd. Ferrari 365 P2 9 hours
1,240.729 km (770.953 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
5 November 1966 United Kingdom David Piper
United Kingdom Richard Attwood
United Kingdom David Piper Auto Racing Ltd. Ferrari 365 P2/3 9 hours
1,191.590 km (740.420 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
4 November 1967 Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Mirage M1-Ford 9 hours
1,403.509 km (872.100 mi)
Rand Daily Mail Nine Hour Endurance Race
9 November 1968 Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom David Hobbs
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Mirage M1-Ford 9 hours
1,288.602 km (800.700 mi)
Rand Daily Mail 9 hours
8 November 1969 United Kingdom David Piper
United Kingdom Richard Attwood
United Kingdom David Piper Auto Racing Ltd. Porsche 917 9 hours
1,337.848 km (831.300 mi)
Rand Daily Mail 9 hours
7 November 1970 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy Ignazio Giunti
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512 M 9 hours
1,518.400 km (943.490 mi)
Rand Daily Mail 9 hours
6 November 1971 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 9 hours
1,455.000 km (904.095 mi)
Rand Daily Mail 9 hours
4 November 1972 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
Italy Arturo Merzario
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 9 hours
1,497.196 km (930.314 mi)
Kyalami 9 Hours
3 November 1973 West Germany Reinhold Joest
Switzerland Herbert Müller
West Germany Joest Racing Porsche 908/3 9 hours
1,475.490 km (916.827 mi)
Kyalami 9 Hours
World Sportscar Championship
9 November 1974 France Gérard Larrousse
France Henri Pescarolo
France Equipe Gitanes Matra-Simca MS670C 6 hours
964.440 km (599.275 mi)
Kyalami 6 Hours
Non-Championship
1 November 1975 West Germany Hans Heyer
West Germany Peter Hennige
West Germany Jochen Mass
West Germany Ford Köln Ford Escort II RS 1,000 km (620 mi) Wynn's 1000 km Kyalami
6 November 1976 South Africa Jody Scheckter
Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
West Germany BMW Motorsport/Faltz-Alpina BMW 3.0 CSL 1,000 km (620 mi)
6 November 1977 West Germany Hans Heyer
South Africa Jody Scheckter
West Germany Zakspeed Ford Escort RS Mk II Gr.5 1,000 km (620 mi) Wynn's 1000 km Kyalami
1978 South Africa Brian Cook
South Africa Phil Adams
Datsun 140Z 1,000 km (620 mi) Wynn's 1000 km Kyalami
30 November 1979 West Germany Helmut Kelleners
South Africa Eddie Keizan
Switzerland Eggenberger Racing BMW M1 1,000 km (620 mi) Wynn's 1000 km Kyalami
1980 Not held
6 November 1981 West Germany Jochen Mass
West Germany Reinhold Joest
West Germany Joest Racing Porsche 936 9 hours
365 laps
6 November 1982 Belgium Jacky Ickx
West Germany Jochen Mass
West Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 9 hours
963.939 km (598.964 mi)
World Sportscar Championship
10 December 1983 West Germany Stefan Bellof
United Kingdom Derek Bell
West Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) Castrol 1000 km Kyalami
3 November 1984 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Alessandro Nannini
Italy Martini Racing Lancia LC2-84 1,000 km (620 mi) Kyalami 1000 km
1985 Not held
Non-Championship
23 November 1986 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani West Germany Joest Racing Porsche 956B 500 km (310 mi) Southern Sun 500
28 November 1987 West Germany Jochen Mass United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 962C 500 km (310 mi)
26 November 1988 France Bob Wollek West Germany Joest Racing Porsche 962C 500 km (310 mi)
1989-1997 Not held
ISRS / SportsRacing World Cup
6 December 1998 France Jérôme Policand
South Africa Gary Formato
France Solution F Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford 2 hours, 30 minutes
383.13 km (238.07 mi)
Vodacom ISRS
28 November 1999 France Jean-Marc Gounon
France Éric Bernard
France DAMS Lola B98/10-Judd 1 hour, 30 minutes
196.28 km (121.96 mi)
Vodacom Festival of Motor Racing
26 November 2000 South Africa Gary Formato
Germany Ralf Kelleners
Germany Kremer Racing Kremer Lola B98/K2000-Ford 2 hours, 30 minutes
375.14 km (233.10 mi)
Vodacom Festival of Motor Racing

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