Endurance racing has always held a special place in the hearts of the South African motorsport fans. The Springbok Series of yesteryear together with the Kyalami Nine Hour events that morphed into the 1 000km races are imprinted in the minds of the enthusiasts.
Sadly over the years the opportunities for endurance racing in South Africa waned and whilst a couple of one or two hour races were held by organisers, no proper series existed for competitors to hone their skills in this form of motorsport. This includes team managers and technicians who had forgotten the arts of strategy and timing of pit stops.
No good story has ever started with a salad and so it was that the embryo of the South African Endurance Series was spawned over a couple of cold ones. Roger Pearce and a handful of die hard, forward thinking endurance fans started to form an idea of how to plug this hole in the South African motorsport offering. An international visit to events followed and a set of regulations was drafted.
The first ever event organized and run by Roger's team was a 6 hour held at the Phakisa Freeway near Welkom in the Free State on 23 February 2013. The events grew in stature and size over time as their popularity increased, and in 2017 National Championship status was granted by Motorsport South Africa. The first South African National Endurance Racing Champion was crowned together with an Index of Performance National Champion. Ironically this honour befell a Zimbabwean, Darren Winterboer. He managed to pull off both Championships with solid performances throughout the year.
Quo Vadis 2018? The series for this year will consist of one six hour race and four of four hour races at venues across South Africa as set out on the Home page. Following on from a very successful combined Sports and GT race at Kyalami in December 2017 the team has decided to continue this theme for 2018.
On each of the above-mentioned five endurance race days of 2018 there will be two 10 lap sprint races for Sports & GT cars and a 1 hour much like the Euro Le Mans Series and others in the US and Australia. One of the benefits of holding this series on the same day as the endurance event is that competitors, if they enter both the sprint races and the endurance race, can get almost continuous track time over a weekend and, with the entry fees set as it is, unprecedented value in motorsport.
The classes in endurance and GT have been tweaked slightly with the aim of ultimately running pure GT3 and GT4 cars in the series within two years along with suitable sports cars such as Juno and Ginetta. Also, like the Euro Series, we have introduced a class for TCR cars in this category. MSA has granted Interprovincial status for this Sports & GT Series.
Should you wish to be part of this exciting journey and require more information, drop a mail to email@example.com.
Our website has all the details such as the calendar, series regulations, and documentation and information for each event.
Saturday's Arnold Chatz Cars Mopar African Endurance Three Hour at Dezzi Raceway, Oslo Beach on the KZN South Coast proved a scintillating race of attrition survived best by Jaki Schekter and Greg Parton, whose Drizit Lamborghini Huracan won by the handsome margin of four laps in the end.
The winning margin is perhaps, a touch flattering considering their prime opposition spent a long time in the pits after cooking their brakes. Morning warmup and qualifying had pointed to a tense tussle between the Lamborghini and cousins Franco and Silvio Scribante in their Chevron B26..... Read More
Scribante cousins Franco and Silvio made it two Mopar African Endurance Series wins on the trot as they cruised their Chevron B26-Suzuki to victory in the Border 3-Hour at the East London Grand Prix circuit Saturday afternoon. The Chevron came home three laps clear of Michael Jensen and Mark Lauth's Fantastic Racing Renault FR1 with Sun Moodley and Andrew Culbert completing the podium in their Bigfoot Express Porsche 991 GT3 Cup, also the first GT car home..... Read More
They say that the best way to tell the future is to first look at history. So what does history tell us about the Mopar South African Endurance Championship's East London 3 hour Saturday 24 June?
Well, looking back at the last race, Franco and Silvio Scribante's Chevron-Suzuki V8 may have been the dominant force early on in what turned out to be a sensational Campos Cape 400 at Killarney after it beat the Campos family, dad Rui and sons Jason and Keegan's Campos transport/Turn 1 Insurance Shelby-Ford V8 Can-Am and the reliable Fritz Kleynhans and James Forbes Cornelius Ligier JS49 to victory...... Read More
Franco and Silvio Scribante's Chevron-Suzuki V8 may have been the dominant force early on in what turned out to be a sensational Campos Cape 400 Mopar South African Endurance Championship race at Killarney, but they were very lucky to win the race in the end from the Campos family, dad Rui and sons Jason and Keegan's Campos transport/Turn 1 Insurance Shelby-Ford V8 Can-Am and the reliable Fritz Kleynhans/James Forbes Cornelius Ligier JS49..... Read More
The Mopar South African Endurance Championship returns to Killarney for the Campos Cape 400, which will see SA's foremost long distance racers dicing into the dark Saturday evening as a top grid descends on Cape Town for the 13 May race. Starting 17h30 following a full regular Killarney Power Tour regional meeting, the 400-kilometer race should take 3 hours to complete, which means that will mostly run in the dark.
The race has drawn a star-studded entry and following a turn-up for the books when Charl and Harry Arangies brought their reliable Stradale Ferrari 360 home to steal opening round Mopar 6-hours of the Goldfields victory last time out..... Read More
Cape race fans will get their first taste of latest generation supercar racers in action when a Ferrari 458 GT3 and Lamborghini Huracan GT3 join a bumper South African GT Challenge grid for its second round at Killarney Saturday 13 May. Local ace Marcel Angel will have his new Autohaus Angel Ferrari 458 out at home for the first time, while Greg Parton will give his Drizit Lamborghini Huracan its first trot in the Cape..... Read More
Son and father, Charl and Harry Arangies brought their Stradale Ferrari 360 Challenge home to an unlikely Mopar Six Hours of the Goldfields South African Endurance Championship race victory in Welkom on Saturday.
The Vanderbijlpark duo endured a brilliant race of attrition to lead Stradale Racing teammates, Simon Murray and Gavin Cronje's Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 home by two laps, with Durban crew Mike McLoughlin and Mark Owens putting their Backdraft Cobra onto the podium ahead of teammates Tony Martin, Duncan Day and Piet Bredenhann in a similar car..... Read More
Saturday's Six Hours of the Free State South African Endurance Championship season opener, as well as the inaugural South African GT Challenge races will be live streamed from Welkom. Race fans anywhere in South Africa or around the world can tune in and follow the race action live from the Phakisa Freeway..... Read More
The 2017 Mopar South African Endurance Series gets under way with the Mopar Goldfields 6 hour, when a thrilling field of new and existing machinery will descend on Welkom Phakisa Freeway to commence the series' new national championship era Saturday 25 February.
Boasting new machinery and fresh driver combinations throughout the field in a bumper program that includes the 6-hour starting 13h00 Saturday alongside the inaugural races in the new South African GT Challenge earlier in the day, the focus will clearly be..... Read More
South Africa's most exciting new race series, the South African GT Challenge kicks off at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom Saturday 25 February, when a full field of GT racers hits the track for the first time to start the new seven-round series.
Running in tandem with the SA Endurance Championship, The South African GT Challenge comprises of three classes with GT3 at the top end catering for latest or recent model GT3 racing supercars running to international regulations and Balance of Performance similar to leading international GT3 series. That's backed up by a Challenge class catering for the significant number of eligible lesser-spec GT race cars in the country, as a well as a new GT4 class..... Read More
The 2017 Mopar South African Endurance Championship is ready for a significant step up amid great new plans for the series as entries stream in for the season-opening Mopar Goldfields 6 Hour at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom Saturday 25 February.
2017 is expected to be a watershed year for the SA Endurance championship, which will not only run alongside the new South African GT Challenge in a bumper weekend, but the Mopar series will step up a significant gear as it runs as a South African National Championship for the first time this year..... Read More
The all-new South African GT Challenge is limbering up towards a brilliant attraction when the new series kicks off at Phakisa on 25 February, with several sensational new cars set to join the action at the Free State opener and even more arriving as the season progresses..... Read More
The recent announcements of national championship status for the Mopar South African Endurance Series along with the establishment of the South African GT Challenge have been met with great interest both at home and abroad as organisers of both series seek to attract international and local participation for the 2017 year and beyond...... Read More
GT3 racing finally comes to South Africa following the announcement that the South African GT Challenge will race over seven rounds around the country in 2017. The new series will run in tandem with the South African Endurance Championship, all of which comes on top of news of several new cars set to come to South Africa to join a growing racing supercar grid....... Read More
The 2017 Mopar South African Endurance Championship will get a new look, a new name, new cars and far greater excitement in the New Year and while most leading competitors are bringing new cars for the season ahead, not even some of the drivers know what they will be behind the wheel of, come the Phakisa 6-hour in February..... Read More