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ATCUAE President Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem praised the longevity and quality of the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race, which has been been run at Dubai Autodrome since 2006 and this year’s edition – which takes place on Thursday to Saturday, 8 to 10 January – will be the tenth running of the event which is now a mainstay of Dubai’s prestigious international sporting calendar.

Speaking at the official Media Event ahead of this weekend’s event, Ben Sulayem said, “The Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai has evolved from a largely amateur racing event ten years ago, to the showpiece that it is now with 95 top teams, over 400 drivers, thousands of support crew and officials – all with full FIA approved international endurance series status.”

“We have also seen UAE based teams and drivers excel over the past few years, with our own Khaled Al Qubaisi winning twice in Dubai and again sure to be a front runner this year. I applaud Creventic, Dubai Auodrome and all those involved with this event for their hard work and commitment. I am sure the Dubai 24 Hours will continue to grow and be part of our great city’s sporting calendar for many years to come,” added Ben Sulayem.

A record 96 cars are entered for this tenth edition of the race, with an impressive entry list boasting major sportscar manufacturers including the likes of: Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Lamborghini, Corvette, Nissan, Maserati, Audi and Aston Martin.

Gerrie Willems speaking on behalf of oraganisers, Creventic said, “We are delighted with the huge interest for our race. It all started together with DNRT, a foundation of motorsport enthousiasts, and the management of Dubai Autodrome, and both have been among the key partners and instrumental in making this race a success.”

“Once again, there is a good variety with touring cars and GT cars in the field and an excellent mix of drivers with many amateurs, gentlemen drivers, semi-professionals and some professionals. The philosophy of our event is: affordable costs, a convivial atmosphere with teams and drivers from all over the world and fair competition on the track.”

“These are the main characteristics, not only in Dubai, but for all rounds of the 24H Series powered by Hankook, allowing all teams and drivers to enjoy the fascination of motorsport together.”

An impressive line-up of drivers will be in action, including the likes of: Bernd Schneider,Jeroen Bleekemolen, Andreas Simonsen, Peter Kox, Marko Asmer, Oli Webb, Nicky Pastorelli, Miguel Ramos, Stefan Mucke, Thomas Jaeger, Rob Barff, Phil Quaife and Clemens Schmid.

Along with the region’s best, including: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Karim Al Azhari, Khaled Al Qubaisi, Mohammed Jawa, Jordan Grogor, Mohammed Al Owais, Abdullah Al Hammadi, Nader Zuhour, Umair Khan, Rupesh Channake, Jonathan Mullan and the Moutran brothers Ramzi, Nabil and Sami.

The race will receive massive media coverage, with a particularly impressive live TV schedule which will include coverage of practice sessions, qualifying and the 24 hours live broadcast of the race itself on Motors TV, along with live streaming on various websites including You Tube.

Ali Al Fardan, Dubai Autodrome Chairman said, “The Dubai 24 Hours has taken place on nine previous occasions at our venue, and every year big fields have battled it out for top honours in an event which is now among the world’s leading 24 hour races. We thank Creventic for their efforts and together we have worked as a team to deliver a race meeting of such quality.”

“We strongly support the vision to make Dubai the premier global sporting tourism destination. Our circuit compliments the great sporting facilities that are part of Dubai’s sporting fabric.”

“To this year’s participants in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai – the tenth edition of the race – we say thank you for your support and wish you the best of luck during this intense weekend. May you have a safe and enjoyable race. In the end all who compete are winners in our eyes. Good luck!” added Al Fardan.

Throughout the race weekend Dubai Autodrome paddock will be a hive of activity with a myriad of off-track entertainment and attractions for the whole family, with free entry to the circuit – including access to grandstands and paddock area –

Qualifying takes place on Thursday, 8 January, between 15:00pm and 17:30pm, with the race set to be flagged off at 14:00pm on Friday with the chequered flag waving to bring proceedings to an end at 14:00pm on Saturday, followed by the podium ceremony.

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Ben Potter

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