The seventh running of the Dunlop 24H DUBAI, the first international endurance race of the year for touring cars, GTs and 24H Specials, was hailed as a great success by drivers, team members, spectators, journalists and organisers. An international field with 70 cars and drivers and teams from 38 countries staged a spectacular race twice around the clock, in which the battle for podium positions as well as overall and class results went down right to the wire. “The Creventic organisation deserves nothing but praise. Every element of this event was top notch. The ACO, FIA, IMSA, and the others have something to learn from the (not so) new kid on the block – a stellar endurance event”, was the comment from a respected international motorsport website.
Mercedes-Benz customer teams scored a clean sweep of the podium with the spectacular SLS AMG GT3 sports cars claiming first, second and third place overall and also the first three positions in the A6 category. But there were many more stories in this event, such as the first 24-hour race for the brand-new Nissan GT-R GT3 or the participation in the race as the grand prize for the winners of the “GT Academy – Road to Dubai” project, a joint effort by Nissan and PlayStation that allowed the best gamers to take part in a real international race. The participation of a Dutch all-female team with five lady racers in a Renault Clio also caught a lot of attention, as did the ever-increasing number of teams and drivers from the Gulf region taking part in this event. Media presence was taken to a significantly higher level thanks to the presence of Motors TV and Radio Le Mans with their knowledgeable reporters and live-coverage throughout the week.
Dutch agency CREVENTIC and DNRT initiated the first-ever endurance race in the Gulf region and turned it into reality, in close co-operation with the management of Dubai Autodrome, in January 2006. Since that inaugural edition, the Dunlop 24H DUBAI has quickly become an established event on the international motor racing that is mentioned together with endurance racing classics like the 24-hour races in Le Mans, Daytona, Spa-Francorchamps and at the Nürburgring more and more often. Speaking on behalf of CREVENTIC, Gerrie Willems drew a positive verdict after this year’s race: “We are very happy with this event. Although the number of cars on the grid was slightly smaller than last year – the economic crisis can be noticed in motor racing, too – we had a fantastic line-up of cars and drivers from many countries who all came to Dubai with their teams, friends and family members to enjoy a few days of motor racing together in bright sunshine in this beautiful region! From the Welcome Party in the paddock on Wednesday to the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday afternoon after a great race, everything went fine and we have seen a great race with thrilling position fights and great stories on and off the track! We also would like to thank our event partner and title sponsor Dunlop, who once again have done a tremendous job, bringing 6,000 tyres to Dubai and providing excellent service to all the competitors. We are already looking forward to the next event.” The eighth running of the Dunlop 24H DUBAI will take place at Dubai Autodrome on January 12th till 14th, 2013.