Bentley looks to finish the season with Kyalami 9 Hours
Bentley Motorsport will travel to South Africa in November 2019 to contest the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), the Kyalami 9 Hours, where Bentley Boy Jordan Pepper, and Bentley Director of Motorsport, Paul Williams, will be hoping for a victory.
Having secured a podium finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last time out in the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, both car numbers 107 and 108 will arrive at the historic circuit confident of finishing our centenary year on a high.
The IGTC grid will visit South Africa for the first time, reviving the famous Kyalami 9 Hour race, which last ran in the 1980s.
Draped over the hills between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Kyalami circuit poses a unique challenge to the drivers, with several undulations throughout the lap ensuring any lapse in concentration does not go unpunished.
Ahead of his home race, Jordan Pepper said: “Kyalami will be a very special weekend for me. Only 10 minutes from where I live, it’s as close as you can get to a home race. What makes it special is the last time I raced in South Africa before I went to Europe to follow a dream was at Kyalami, and now I can return in front of the home support having achieved that dream.
“Emotions will run high for sure, but we always arrive at these race weekends with one goal in mind, and that’s to win. The small tricks I know around this place will hopefully give me and my teammates an edge, and we can finish the season on a high.”
Rodrigo Baptista added: “Although this will be my first visit to Kyalami, I’m confident. I’m doing the work in the simulator and watching onboards, and we are in a unique position here being able to work with Jordan Pepper, one of the few drivers that has experienced the circuit before.
“Coming from a customer team like K-PAX Racing helps a lot because I’m already familiar with the car, and most importantly how it handles. We’ve won races and ran in the top five every weekend in the US, so I’m positive I can carry that form to Kyalami for the works team.”
Paul Williams, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, commented: “I grew up first in Durban, before I moved with my family up to Sandton in Johannesburg, which is quite close to the Kyalami racetrack. In fact, I remember as a boy – I must have been about 9 or 10 at the time – going to Kyalami to watch the racing. I can’t remember if it was a Grand Prix, but I remember very clearly the open-wheeled racers. I went to watch the racing there a few times, so the track certainly helped contribute to my love of cars growing up.”
Car number 107: Maxime Soulet (BEL), Jules Gounon (FRA) and Jordan Pepper (ZAF)
car number 108: Andy Soucek (ESP), Steven Kane (GBR) and Rodrigo Baptista (BRA)
The fifth round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Kyalami 9 Hours, takes place on Saturday 23 November at Kyalami Racing Circuit. Fans can follow the action on Twitter using @BentleyRacing and on Instagram using @BentleyRacingOfficial.