As the GTC Africa Series continues to gain momentum ahead of its inaugural season start in June, the series directors have confirmed that GTC will take to the track in seven championship rounds, consisting of 15 race heats at five race tracks around the country.
Commenting on the calendar, GTC Director Vic Maharaj says, “Our primary objective in finalising calendar dates was that all ten GTC cars could make the first ever GTC race. We are right in the middle of trying to complete the mammoth task of building all the GTC car’s and as you can imagine, that is no mean feat and we are literally working night and day to finish the cars.”
“This is something that has never been undertaken before in SA and certainly not in such a short time frame. We are reliant on so many suppliers from around the world to deliver the exact orders to us and at the right time – the margin for error is very small and thankfully, to date, we have had very few delays. We are excited to announce that we will be running on the Extreme Festival calendar, and will join the third round of their national tour on the 4th of June in Port Elizabeth and the season will culminate in November at the Zwartkops Raceway with an endurance race.”
The 4th June race will kick off a seven round championship, taking in Aldo Scribante Race track in Port Elizabeth, Kyalami and Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng twice, Killarney Race Track in Cape Town and the East London GP Circuit too.
Four of the cars under construction have been formally announced so far including the two works Volkswagen Jetta GTC’s, one to be driven by Gugu Zulu as well as two Audi A3 GTC’s to be piloted by Michael Stephen and Simon Moss. Additionally, top line drivers Johan Fourie, Hennie Groenewald, Gennaro Bonafede and Michael van Rooyen have been announced too, with details of their cars and teams expected shortly. GTC Africa can also reveal for the first time that it will be announcing at least one more motor manufacturer who will take the start line of the inaugural GTC Africa race at the Extreme Festival Aldo Scribante race meeting in Port Elizabeth in early June.
GTC will also shortly be announcing a series title sponsor and a television broadcast package, ensuring that the Global Touring Cars Africa series is set to bring about a major revival of South African circuit racing this year.
All GTC Cars will be powered by 300kW 2.0 Litre Turbo engines. The power will be transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed transaxle Albins gearbox, the identical unit used in the globally popular, Australian V8 Supercar series.
Working in partnership with the manufacturers, teams, circuits, sponsors and media, GTC aims to deliver an exciting and relevant racing series for motorsport fans around the country.
The inaugural 7 Round, 2016 GTC Africa calendar, is as follows –
– 4 June – Aldo Scribante Race Track, Port Elizabeth
– 16 or 18 June – Kyalami (Thursday or Saturday)
– 9 July – East London GP Circuit
– 9 August – Zwartkops Raceway (Sasol Raceday – National Women’s Day – TUESDAY)
– 24 September – Killarney Race Track, Cape Town
– 22 October – Kyalami
– 26 November – Zwartkops Raceway – Endurance Race (double championship points)
Announcements of further teams competing in GTC and sponsorship announcements will take place ahead of the series first race.