ALBERTON, SA : The 2019 Liqui Moly South Africa INEX Legends championship is set to start at Zwartkops Raceway on the weekend of January 31 to February 2. This will also mark the category’s maiden appearance at the Passion for Speed festival.
The inclusion of the Liqui Moly INEX Legends in the eighteenth edition of this popular event is a great honour for the category. Statistically, the Passion for Speed festival is the South African circuit racing event that draws the largest number of spectators. Traditionally, the event is associated with historic racing, the appearance of a variety of legendary cars and a host of well-known names in South African motorsport competing. During the last decade we’ve already seen a modern addition with the inclusion of G&H Transport Extreme Supercars on the programme. With the INEX Legends providing some of the closest racing and finishes during the 2018 season, their inclusion for 2019 will add another exciting dimension to the weekend.
With eleven rounds of racing ahead, there are a host of competitors who will be eager to draw first blood in the overall and class championships. During each race, competitors are scored separately for both championships and thereby ranked according to on-track performance in a very well technically controlled racing environment as well as in comparison with drivers of similar age and prior experience.
In 2018 Justin Robertson took his maiden Overall and Masters Class titles following a good battle with Richard van Heerde. This class battle is set to continue with the likes of Johann van der Venter, Ian Upton, Andre Larsson, Morne du Toit, Neville Loosemore, Charl Roux and Gerhard Roux eager to upset the apple cart.
Steven Levin will be eager to defend his Professional Class title, but fierce competition is expected from Jason Loosemore and Willie Erasmus. Sean Moore would also like to get his 2019 campaign off to a solid start while Chris Hoy would like to put his hand up early after graduating from the Semi-Professional class.
At the time of going to press, the Semi-Professional class will be vacant for the season opener. In the Young Lions class Jagger Robertson is raring to go in his second season. During his 2018 debut season he built up a solid reputation as one of the brightest young drivers in South African motorsport. While still being the youngest driver on the entry list, he may well be a very sore thorn in the side of many a seasoned competitor.
The upcoming race weekend will see a different format due to the number of categories scheduled to entertain the 2019 Passion for Speed festival spectators. Practice will already start on Thursday with three sessions scheduled on the day. Friday will see two more practice sessions taking place prior to the draw for Race 1 grid positions. The first race will also be taking place on Friday afternoon with the second and third races scheduled for Saturday. A detailed programme relating to the Liqui Moly INEX Legends sessions will be published on the category’s Facebook page Facebook.com/INEXLegendsSA. Fans of the championship are also invited to follow this page for updates and results throughout the course of the weekend.
INEX Legends Racing South Africa would like to thank the following partners for making the 2019 season possible: Liqui Moly, AutoZone South Africa, Big Boss Auto, Rubro and Global Roofing Solutions.
– Liqui Moly South Africa Legends press release