Event date: 12 December 2015 | Words: Killarney WPMC | Photos: RaceMasteR J | Location: Killarney Raceway, Cape Town.


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The first 9-Hour Endurance Race at Killarney in almost two decades on Saturday 12 December 2015 proved a triumph for the driving skill of Harp Motorsport’s Francis Carruthers, Nick Adcock and Johan Engelbrecht.

They were aided by a meticulously prepared Juno SS3 that never missed a beat and after taking the lead shortly after the start, went on to finish well ahead of the second placed Le Mans Ginetta in the hands of former world sports car champion Jan Lammers, Sarel van der Merwe and Greg Mills.

However these places were reversed in the Index of Performance results where the Ginetta was classified marginally ahead of the Killarney based Juno.

In what became a war of attrition towards the end, only 17 0f the original 32 entries were classified as finishers. Local veteran Keith Fourie who was teamed with his son Gary and William Luzmore in a Porsche GT3 Cup car did well to finish third overall and fourth in the Index of Performance stakes.

This, after a similar spec Cup car driven by Craig Jarvis, Simon Murray and Andrew Culbert that was marginally ahead of them for a long period, was forced to retire almost within sight of the finish.

Although the Campos family’s impressive 5-litre V8 powered Shelby Can-Am set the quickest qualifying time on a wet track on Saturday morning and led for the first two laps, it soon disappeared from the leader board and was not classified as a finisher.

An interesting feature of the race was that reliability and consistency proved to be of more value than overall speed.

Because while the fastest lap time was set by Duncan and Graham Vos in their Jaguar motivated Juno SS3 they were only able to finish fifth overall.

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