GTC drive to revive SA motorsport

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ON TRACK: The Global Touring Cars will add to an already exciting line-up at the Border 100 next weekend

THE Global Touring Cars (GTC) will be the highlight at the 2016 Border 100 on December 3.

It is generally acknowledged that East London is the home of big-time motor racing in South Africa.

International Grand Prix racing got off to a flying start in East London in 1934, when top drivers in the world competed in East London on the original 24km Price George Circuit.

The original race in 1934 was known as the “Border 100” but the motorsport controlling body at the time in South Africa thereafter gave permission for the race to be named “The Grand Prix of South Africa”.

The circuit in its current form was opened on July 13 1959 and hosted South Africa’s first post-war Grand Prix on January 1 1960. On this day, the “curtain raisers” of the SA Grand Prix were three motorcycle events – all ran 80.4km (50 miles), hence the name East London Treble 50.

These machines were 250cc and 350cc motorcycles. Between 1960 and 1966, drivers of the calibre of Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill and many more raced at this circuit.

The East London Grand Prix circuit is one of only three original Grand Prix circuits in the world, the others being Nurburgring in Germany and Monaco in France.

Jody Scheckter, South Africa’s only world champion, was also born and bred in East London.

Global Touring Cars’ aim is to create a revival in South African circuit racing.

It will join the Border 100, which will guarantee an action- packed day of racing.

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