It still seems far away, but in eight months’ time, the world’s endurance racing community will be gathering again in Dubai for the eleventh running of the Hankook 24H Dubai (14-16 January, 2016). The first international endurance race of the new calendar year will mark the start of the 2016 24H Series powered by Hankook.
After the overwhelming success of this year’s tenth anniversary edition with a record number of participating teams, there is again a lot of interest for the event. After all, can there be a better excuse to escape the cold European winter to enjoy a great race event among friends from all over the world in the warm and friendly environment of the United Arab Emirates?
“With 89 cars participating in the race, this year’s Hankook 24H Dubai was the biggest race we have staged to date,” says Daphne Gengler on behalf of Creventic – the Dutch agency which is the promoter and organiser of the 24H Series powered by Hankook, in co-operation with the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT).
“We had a lot of well-known drivers like Jeroen Bleekemolen, the most successful driver in history of the race in Dubai, DTM record champion Bernd Schneider, local hero Khaled Al Qubaisi, current and former Porsche works junior drivers Sven Müller and Martin Ragginger, Aston Martin works driver Stefan Mücke, Nissan GT Academy winners Florian Strauss, Gaetan Paletou, Ricardo Sánchez, Ahmed Bin-Khanen and Nick Hammann and many, many others. In total, there were drivers and teams from 52 different countries on the grid, which is a significant proof for the international appeal of the race.”
Now firmly established as one of the major international endurance races for GTs and touring cars, the Hankook 24H Dubai attracts great interest from the world’s media. Numerous reports about the race were published in print and online media while for the first time, the entire race was broadcast live on Motors TV. “Of course, the GT cars battling for outright honours get a lot of attention, but the touring cars are just as important,” Daphne Gengler continues. It is this mix of GTs and touring cars that is a major factor in the success of our race, and it is nice to see that both categories show continuing growth. The only classes that have shown a slight decline over the past few years are the classes for diesel-powered touring cars, but these are getting extra attention and we are putting a lot of effort into attracting more cars in these classes.”
Currently, 65 teams have already submitted their entries to participate in the 2016 Hankook 24H Dubai with a wide variety of GT3 and GT4 cars, silhouette cars and touring cars. Compared to this year, regulations and class structure will largely remain unchanged while the entry fee for the race is also the same.
As usual, the entry fee includes standard transport of a race car and equipment to Dubai and back, with Creventic taking care of all the logistics.