More than 30 automobiles are expected at the Falls Road Circuit as Bulawayo hosts the Toyota Castrol Three-Hour Endurance race at the Bulawayo Motoring Club (BMC) premier event tomorrow.
Vice-chairperson of BMC Leonora Young confirmed the event is going ahead tomorrow as planned.
“The excitement surrounding the upcoming Toyota Castrol Three-Hour Endurance race on December 3 (tomorrow) is reaching fever pitch, with over 30 cars from Harare, Bulawayo and South Africa expected to turn out for the Bulawayo Motoring Club’s premier motoring event at the Falls Road Circuit,” she said.
Young said they are expecting local as well as international motor racers to participate in the competition.
“Dawie Olivier is coming from South Africa and will be driving a Subaru ImprezaSTi. He works for Subaru SA and has been responsible for developing the Subaru cars that race in the Bridgestone Production Series. He raced as part of the Subaru team last year with Hennie Groenewald,” she said.
Also expected to feature in the race are Richard Robinson (a past winner) and Craig Green from Harare, driving a BMW 2700.
Gary Kirk from Harare, a past national champion as well as winner of the Three-Hour Endurance, will be driving a Lotus Super 7 1600cc, sharing his drive with James Alexander from Botswana.
Francis Lobb from South Africa will be making his Bulawayo debut, driving an Austin Mini 1275 cc while Fabienne Lanz and Leroy Rich from South Africa will be driving a VW Golf 1.
Young said Darren Pragji, a very popular driver on the Bulawayo circuit, will feature in his Datsun, sharing his drive with Philip Minaar Junior.
Shaun Whyte, in the extremely fast Pro-drive Subaru will be sharing the race with Harare’s Jimmy Whyte while Jamie and Rowan Whyte, also from Harare, will be driving another very fast car in the event, the Subaru WRX.
She said focus will not only be on the endurance race, but there will also be an exciting line-up of bikes — most notably in the form of two sprint races for the newly-formed Megelli 250cc series — which will count towards the riders’ championship that has been running throughout the year.
Shaun Whyte, an international superbike rider and past South African champion from Harare, will be racing in Bulawayo for the first time in 16 years.