All stakeholders involved with the Sasol GTC Championship have agreed on a postponement of the inaugural round at Zwartkops Raceway scheduled for 16 June 2016. While we appreciate the efforts of all parties concerned, it is important that all teams have an equal amount of time for pre-race testing which is not possible at this stage.
We apologise to our supporters for the delay and invite you to visit our activation at the Exteme Festival on 16th June at Zwartkops where some of the GTC race cars will be on display.
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GTC has appointed well respected motorsport official Tony Taylor as its permanent Clerk of the Course. Commenting on the appointment, GTC Technical Director Vic Maharaj says, “Our experience in running motorsport series has taught us that one of the key ways to achieve consistency in the application of the rules is to appoint permanent officials to the series. To achieve this we have recently announced the appointment of Ian Scheckter as our Driver Conduct Official and we are now announcing Tony Taylor who has joined us as our permanent Clerk of the Course. Tony comes with a wealth of experience and he and Ian Schecker will apply the rules evenly and fairly and most importantly, consistently, over the course of the season.”
66 year old Taylor has been involved in motorsport since 1966. This experienced hand started initially racing motorcycles, ‘until I fell and it hurt like hell’ he says, before ‘racing cars but ran out of talent and money at the same time… so became a motorsport official instead!’
His career has included being Chief Marshal at the Kyalami GP Circuit from 1999 until 2006 and has officiated at many of the countries World Championship events including MotoGP, WSBK and the FIA Motocross World Championships too and has worked with Roberto Nosseto (SBK Race Director), Charlie Whiting (F1 Race Director) and Paul Butler (MotoGP Race Director) on many occasions.
Tony is currently Chairman of the Johannesburg Branch of the Sports Car Club and acts as Promoter and Organiser of the Historic Tour, now in its 7th year. He is married to Shelley-Anne who also has a long and distinguished career as a motorsport official.
Tony’s comment on GTC “GTC is arguably the most exciting innovation to hit South African motorsport in the last twenty years and to be offered the opportunity to be part of the series is a privilege. I believe that this championship will rejuvenate what was once huge spectator interest in our sport – my hope is that we end up, to once again, declaring champions on the race track !! To the team who had the vision and courage to create GTC in South Africa – congratulations!!”
SASOL FUELS GTC CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, 9 June 2016
The eagerly anticipated Global Touring Car Championship (GTC) will now be called the Sasol GTC Championship. This follows Sasol’s agreement to be the series sponsor, the official fuel supplier and TV broadcast sponsor to the series.
The inaugural race will take place at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria, north of Johannesburg, on Thursday, 16 June – the culmination of four years of research and development.
The Sasol GTC Championship consists of seven rounds this year with each race day featuring two 50km races per round. Each race will be broadcast on SuperSport in a 52-minute programme.
GTC is a uniquely South African racing series, combining the best elements from various successful saloon car racing series from across the globe including the British Tour Car Championship, Australian V8 Supercars and the German DTM series. These elements were combined and adapted to appeal to manufacturers in the South African market, and GTC was born.
The Sasol GTC Championship has already attracted entries from BMW, Volkswagen and Audi, with additional manufacturers set to join the series in 2017. The cars feature 2-litre turbo-charged engines developing 325kW and 600NM of torque. Drive is through the rear-wheels to common specification running gear across all brands. Regulated components include the gearbox, brakes, shock absorbers and suspension.
GTC anticipates the cars will reach 280km/h at fast tracks like East London, while providing a visual and aural feast for spectators and TV audiences alike, with turbo-crackle and flames spitting out of the exhaust under braking.
A major aspect of GTC is rule stability for five years, with development banned to eliminate “cheque-book” racing; this will allow privateers to compete with the manufacturer teams with identical equipment. The founding principle of GTC racing is to highlight driving and engineering talent, to extract every last 10th of a second from the car.
To ensure fair play, Ian Scheckter has been appointed as the Driving Conduct Official, and the experienced Wammy Haddad and Kosie Swanepoel will officiate as the Technical Controllers
Another feature of the series is GTC Production, an entry-level class featuring standard, front-wheel drive cars with 2 litre, turbo-charged engines, producing just over 200kW. Five of these cars are scheduled to make their debut at Zwartkops. The class is designed to attract young racers from junior racing categories, and act as a feeder series to Global Touring Cars.
Commenting on Sasol’s involvement with GTC, Ed Cameron, Senior Vice President: Sasol Energy says GTC offers a unique product marketing opportunity linked to global technology and innovation.
“Racing is a proven testing ground for developing advanced fuel and lubricant products for the consumer and helps keep Sasol at the forefront of the petrochemical industry. Our association with this exciting new initiative adds excitement for our employees and stakeholders at every level. The series is a perfect match to Sasol’s products and mirrors our ethos and commitment to transparency and fair play in our business conduct”.
Gary Formato, GTC Founder and former motor racing champion, says: “GTC is an exciting and spectacular racing series that is tailor-made and uniquely South African. The rule stability and tight cost control makes it appealing to manufacturers and competitors, while giving race fans renewed enthusiasm for motorsport in general. It is the first time in twenty years that drivers have a bespoke, purpose-built race car to compete with.
We are privileged to have a company of Sasol’s calibre on board. Sasol is a technologically advanced company with a shared vision and aligned objectives. GTC looks forward to a long and rewarding partnership in the years ahead”.
GTC Africa has appointed well known racing legend and motorsport official Ian Scheckter as its Driver Conduct Official. Ian has a long history in motorsport having competed in 20 Formula One World Championship races, in Lotus, Tyrell, Williams and March cars in the 1970’s. In South Africa, Scheckter also won 6 National Drivers Championships in single seaters and had success in saloon car racing too. After his driving career, Scheckter used his considerable racing experience to become a formidable motorsport official, serving on the SA Motorsport Council, as Clerk of the Course for many events and also on the selection panel for the FIA Young Driver Award.
In his role of GTC Driver Conduct Official, Scheckter will travel to each GTC Event and ensure that the drivers in the series are held to the highest driving standards. In the event of any incident or protest, Scheckter’s vast experience will be drawn upon to evaluate each situation and apply a considered and unbiased verdict to resolve disputes.
Commenting on Scheckter’s appointment series Technical Director Vic Maharaj says, “In Ian we have a hugely valuable member of the GTC Team. It is absolutely essential that if we want to run a professional series we have a permanent, travelling Driver Conduct Official who can provide consistency and experience over the course of the whole season. Our experience dictates that this is the only way a series can be successfully managed when it comes to holding drivers to high standards and ensuring quick and professional resolutions to disputes that arise from time to time. We are most pleased Ian has agreed to join us for the 2016 season”
Ian Scheckter says, “GTC is a good concept and I am very pleased I was approached to play a part in this new and exciting series which I think will bring about a revival of circuit racing in SA over time. I’ve been around for a bit and the drivers in GTC will have to learn to respect each other on track to survive. A bit like the days when I raced. They won’t be getting any protection from me, for reckless driving. Looking forward to the challenge.”