NEW SUPPORT SERIES TO OPEN FOR THE TWELFTH EDITION OF HANKOOK 24H DUBAI RACE
Dubai, UAE, 3 January 2017: The new year of motorsport kicks off at Dubai Autodrome with the inaugural Hankook 3x3H DUBAI for prototypes (10-11 January) and the Hankook 24H DUBAI (12-14 January) as the season opener of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.
“Just after Christmas, the containers with the cars and equipment have arrived in Dubai and they will be delivered in time to Dubai Autodrome for the teams to set up for race week. Anticipation is rising by the day, we just can’t wait for the action to start,” says Natasha Mark on behalf of CREVENTIC, promoter and organiser of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.
“This year’s event will be special as we will be organising a race for prototypes for the first time as well. Moreover, the new-for-2017 TCR Middle East will feature as an official support class to the Hankook 24H DUBAI.” Mark added.
No less than 99 cars entered for Hankook 24H DUBAI
The provisional entry list for the Hankook 24H DUBAI includes no less than 99 cars. The A6 class is the biggest one with 25 entries, including reigning 24H SERIES team champions, Hofor Racing, taking on its first race with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. Further AMG GT3s are expected from Black Falcon, including local hero Khaled Al Qubaisi and Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, SPS automotive performance, IDEC Sport Racing and HTP Motorsport, with five times’ DTM champion Bernd Schneider among the drivers. Gravity Racing International will be running its proven Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
Last year’s Dubai race winners, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, will be back with a pair of Audi R8 LMSs, with a line-up that includes reigning Blancpain GT Series Sprint champion Enzo Ide and three times’ Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler. Optimum Motorsport and Car Collection Motorsport will be running R8s as well. American racing power can be expected from V8 Racing with a Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 and Eurotrac by Bas Koeten’s Dodge Viper CC. UAE-based team GP Extreme will be running a pair of Renault R.S. 01 with a line-up that includes single-seater hotshoes Louis Deletraz and Jean-Eric Vergne. Porsche is represented by Forch Racing powered by Olimp, including works-driver Wolf Henzler, Attempto Racing, former Dubai race winners IMSA Performance, Herberth Motorsport and Manthey Racing including works driver Sven Müller. Lamborghini teams participating in the race are Konrad Motorsport and GRT Grasser Racing Team.
The SPX class includes three Lamborghinis, a pair of Vortex silhouette cars, and a Porsche 991 Cup MR car. The Porsche 991 Cup class includes twelve entries from nine different teams, including former overall 24H SERIES team champions Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing that has made the switch from the TCR touring car class. There are seven entries in the SP2 class, with two Porsches, a MARC Focus V8, an Audi TTRS, a KTM X-BOW, a Vortex and the Bovi Motorsport Brokernet Silver Sting, the Hungarian team making its 24H SERIES comeback after an absence of several years.
Fierce competition is also expected in the SP3-GT4 class, with no less than 20 cars representing Porsche (ten Porsche Caymans have been entered), Lotus, BMW, Nissan, Ginetta and KTM. Especially the competition debut of the new BMW M4 GT4, run by German outfit, Schubert Motorsport, is eagerly awaited. The TCR class has seven cars as four SEAT Leon TCRs are up against the brand-new Audi RS3 LMS, making its world competition debut in Dubai, and a Honda Civic run by UAE-based team Lap57 Motorsports. The A3 class includes eight cars from BMW, Honda, SEAT, Lotus, and Peugeot. Six BMW M235i Racing Cup cars will be competing for CUP1 class honours, while eight cars from Honda, Renault, and Peugeot have been entered in the A2 class.