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Can SA-built Beemers reign in Spain with you behind the wheel?


MOTORSPORT in our country has been up and down in the last few years. Budgets are tight and racing politics get in the way. However, once in a while we hear about something really good; something like the ADF Motorsport championship-winning BMW 335i that will be back on track during the first weekend of September - taking on some of Europe’s fastest production tin-tops and sports coupés at the famous Spanish Circuit de Catalunya, in the fifth round of the Hankook International Endurance Series.

Team principal, Donovan van Heerden, confirmed that the outfit, which has been so successful locally, will contest the penultimate round of the fast-growing 24-hour series and is keen to sign up a squad of suitably qualified drivers. The race at the F1-standard circuit just outside Barcelona is expected to attract close to 100 cars, from hot hatches to track-bred GT racers.

Van Heerden explained that this FIA-endorsed series is becoming increasingly competitive while still retaining the unique flavour and atmosphere of endurance racing. Up to five drivers are allowed per car, and the ADF team will be making two race-proven cars available to both local and international motorsport enthusiasts.

They will supply a complete logistics, race-prep and management package and all that the driver will have to do is make sure he gets to the venue! “Racing internationally, in a car which has got a winning chance, just became a whole lot easier,” said Van Heerden.

The pay-to-drive package costs approximately R130 000 (€10 000) and includes everything except the racer’s airfares and accommodation and, of course, an internationally-recognised competition licence. 

The two F30 sedans - campaigned with distinction last year by Johan Fourie and Gavin Cronje - will be modified to suit the endurance format, including fitting them with long-range fuel tanks. The turbocharged six-cylinder engine will be optimised for the GT4 class in which the three-series will run. Control tyres from the series sponsor and control fuel, level the playing field, and also help to keep costs and development in check. A squad of experienced South African technicians, headed up by talented race engineer, Freddie Pretorius, will travel to Spain to take care of the minute-to-minute running of the cars.

“Our vision is to give our customers an exceptional overall experience, and allow them to focus entirely on the racing, without having to worry about preparation and all the other challenges that come with just getting to the starting line,” explained Van Heerden. “It is designed to appeal to experienced and affluent gentlemen racers, who still have plenty of petrol in their veins but don’t want their recreation to add stress to their personal or business life.”

All in all, 10 seats are available for the Spanish round, with a similar package on offer for the Dubai 24-hour in mid-January, in which the opening salvos of the 2016 series will be fired. Zwartkops-based ADF expects to test a 335i in full endurance specification before the end of May, with a knowledgeable driver used to set up the car for running with a maximum fuel load and on Hankook slicks.

Entries for the Barcelona race are still open and interested drivers can contact Donovan van Heerden of ADF Motorsport by e-mailing: or telephone: 079 492 6421.


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