One week after taking his maiden Mobil 1 V8 Supercars race win, Julian Fameliaris will be starting his 2021 South African Endurance Series campaign this coming weekend (May 21-22), returning to driving duties with the Class E points leaders Di Matteo Racing team at the Border Motorsport East London Grand Prix Circuit.
The Dezzi Raceway season opener saw him sitting on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury. Fellow Mobil 1 V8 Supercars competitor David Coetzee was partnered in the Backdraft Roadster by Giles Durroch with the pair going on to win their class in the two-part six-hour race.
The series awards championship points to individual drivers instead of teams or entrants, therefore Coetzee is the driver linked to the position on the points table. Fameliaris will replace Durroch with team-regular Lorenzo Gualtieri also making his first appearance for 2021. Both of them will need to open their account for the season. Both drivers last competed in the 2020 season finale in Cape Town where Fameliaris delivered a stellar performance in his final stint at night to bring the car home in fifth place.
“Yes, the championship is an interesting one, so we are leading it because of David being one of the three drivers in our line-up” explains Fameliaris. “We know that we will be facing fierce competition at the circuit with a couple of strong performances expected. We have gained a considerable amount of knowledge in this series and we are looking forward to building on our advantage in the class.”
The circuit, comprising of roads on the southern outskirts of East London, is also the venue where Fameliaris and Gualtieri both made their debut in the series. “That weekend brought with it a lot of teething problems, but as a team, we have come a long way since then. Every outing after that has been an improvement on the one before. Now that we have shown that the car can win a race, it is up to us to keep it at the front of the class.”
Friday will see three 20-minute practice sessions ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session. Saturday will see an early morning 15-minute warm-up session with the four-hour race scheduled to start at 13:30.
As per the regulations under the current National State of Disaster in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a prohibition on the in-person attendance of spectators at sporting events. The race will however be streamed online with more details being made available through the course of the week.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Julian Fameliaris in his last endurance race at Killarney International Raceway in December 2020
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