Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2021: More than 250 drivers across 54 cars representing 12 brands and 33 nationalities will kick off 24H SERIES powered by Hankook endurance racing action in 2021 with the 16th running of the Hankook 24H Dubai on Friday (15 January).
The Hankook 24H Dubai, the oldest and most celebrated event of Dutch promoter CREVENTIC, has been held at the state-of-the-art Dubai Autodrome since 2006, and is traditionally among the first circuit-based endurance events of every New Year. 2021 will be no different, with teams and drivers already on-site at the MotorCity-based venue ahead of the event.
In the sure-to-be hotly contested GT3 category, 17 cars have already been confirmed representing Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Dodge and McLaren. Among them are five former outright GT winners of the Hankook 24H Dubai.
The newly established Haupt Racing Team will be Mercedes-AMG’s official customer racing entry in Dubai, replacing the record five-time winning Black Falcon that last year confirmed it was stepping back from GT3 competition. Alongside many key members of the Black Falcon team, HRT, which will run two Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos this weekend, also boasts three-time winners Hubert Haupt and Khaled Al Qubaisi on its driver line-up.
2017 Hankook 24H Dubai winner Herberth Motorsport has confirmed three Porsche 911 GT3 R’s for the Hankook 24H DUBAI for the very first time. 2018 winner Car Collection Motorsport, which finished last year’s race as runner-up, will contest Dubai with two examples of the Audi R8 LMS’. 2016 winner WRT will also represent Ingolstadt in the UAE.
Also of note in the GT3 class is the GRT Grasser Racing Team, which will contest this year’s event with a loan Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo. The Austrian team secured outright pole position at the event in both 2018 and 2019, and will be looking to make history in 2021 by becoming the first GT team to take three outright pole positions at the Hankook 24H DUBAI.
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The green flag for the 16th annual running of the Hankook 24H Dubai will drop at 15.00 hrs on Friday 15th January with the 24-hour event race set to run uninterrupted until 15.00 hrs on Saturday 16th January. Motor racing action will be further bolstered in Dubai with four F4UAE sprint races.
No spectators will be allowed to attend the event this year but full coverage of the two 30-minute Qualifying sessions, the 90-minute Night Practice, and the full 24-hour race proper will be available via live stream on the 24H SERIES’ official YouTube channel.
In addition, full commentary will be provided by radiolemans.com, which begins its 10th partnership year with CREVENTIC in 2021. Regular event updates will also be provided via the 24H SERIES’ official Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series) accounts.
Report: Creventic (edited)
Photos: Aaron Meriwether