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GPX to Run Spa Winners at Kyalami, Porsche Splits Lineups

Porsche splits full-season IGTC trios for Kyalami while GPX runs 24H Spa winners…

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Total 24 Hours of Spa winners Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz will return to GPX Racing for November’s Kyalami 9 Hours, Porsche confirmed on Friday.

The trio came as a late announcement for the Emirati team at Spa in July, taking victory in GPX’s first race running an all-Pro GT3 lineup. 

Sportscar365 reported earlier this month that GPX would return for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season finale, although the lineup was not known at the time.

“Our winning crew from Spa is reunited!” said Estre. “I’m really pleased about this because our combination went perfectly at the Spa 24-hour race in Belgium.

“The final round of the season is contested on a racetrack we’re unfamiliar with. So it’s important that the synergy between the drivers and the teams already runs like clockwork.

“I’m really looking forward to South Africa, the fans, the racetrack and the race.”

It’s part of a four-car Pro class entry from Porsche for the first ever African round of SRO Motorsports Group’s globe-trotting GT3 championship.

Porsche’s two full-season IGTC trios have been split for the first time this year in order to maximize chances of winning the drivers’ championship.

Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour winners Matt Campbell, Dennis Olsen and Dirk Werner are ten points away from championship leader Maxi Buhk.

Campbell will drive a Dinamic Motorsport entry alongside Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, while Werner joins Sven Mueller and Romain Dumas in a Team75 Bernhard car.

Olsen has been drafted into Frikadelli Racing alongside Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet, meanwhile.

Dumas and Mueller shared with Jaminet for the rest of the IGTC season as Porsche’s second lineup.

All four of Porsche’s teams have never competed in an IGTC race outside of Spa before.

A fifth car will be entered in the Am class by a team that is yet to be revealed.

“With a total of five strong teams, five professionally prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R and twelve hungry drivers from the factory squad, our contingent for the IGTC season final couldn’t be better,” commented Porsche 911 GT3 R project manager Sebastian Golz.

“We’re deliberately dividing our three Bathurst winners between three different cars to maximize our chances of winning the drivers’ championship title.

“We have only an outside chance of winning the manufacturers’ crown, but we’ll still do everything we can to make the most of the opportunity.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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