UPDATE | Postponed historic Kyalami 9 Hour gets new 2022 dates

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UPDATE: New dates have been announced for the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge which would have taken place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.

Organisers of the event said in a statement on Tuesday: "This season's Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour will now take place on 3-5 February 2022 at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit."

The event was postponed earlier in November due to international travel restrictions imposed on South Africa following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

"After extensive consultation with teams and manufacturers, the event has been rescheduled for 3-5 February. The race will still take place on a Saturday, as is tradition, and avoids clashes with other major international endurance events. There is also sufficient time for cars, equipment and personnel to travel from South Africa to Australia for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour where IGTC's 2022 campaign begins three weeks later.

"The safety of all participants and staff will take utmost priority when considering whether the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour can go ahead on its rescheduled date," the statement read.

Motorsport fans across South Africa have been counting down the months to return the historic Kyalami 9 Hour during the first weekend in December.

Joburg's Kyalami 9 Hour would have been the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli on 2-4 December at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Sadly, the event has been postponed.

The event would also have seen 2000 excited spectators return to the circuit to watch all the exciting racing.

READ | 2021 Kyalami 9 Hour is all set to re-ignite South Africa's passion for motorsport

SRO Motorsports Group and Joburg's Kyalami 9 Hour said in a joint statement: "The detection of coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 in southern Africa, announced on 25 November, and the resulting travel restrictions already imposed by several countries, will prevent most international teams and championship staff from flying to South Africa. 

The local promoter and SRO Motorsports Group says they are already working with local authorities to evaluate travel solutions and reschedule the event.

Organisers said a new date for the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour to be held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit will be confirmed and announced on Monday, 29 November.

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