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24H BARCELONA 2017

1-2-3 September 2017
Debut victory at home for NM Racing Team at Hankook 24H BARCELONA
The NM Racing Team Ginetta G55 GT4 (#215, Nikolay Dmitriev / Maxime Guillemat / Marc de Fulgencio / Ivan Pareras / Nil Montserrat) has won the Hankook 24H BARCELONA. After 643 laps around the 4.655km Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya – a race distance of 2993.16km – team namesake Nil Montserrat took the chequered flag to win the penultimate round of the 2017 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook, simultaneously securing SP3-GT4 class victory in the process. Just one lap adrift after a full day of racing, the Team Bleekemolen SEAT Leon TCR (#100, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen / Melvin de Groot / Rene Steenmetz / Michael Bleekemolen) finished in overall second position to take TCR class victory. Third on the road, and second in the TCR category for the MONLAU COMPETICIÓN SEAT Leon TCR (#107, Alvaro Bajo / Alba Cano Ramirez / Jurgen Smet / Jose Manuel Perez Aicart), guaranteed two Spanish teams finished on the overall podium in Barcelona. 

The Bas Koeten Racing powered by Kawasaki SEAT Leon TCR (#155, Kristian Jepsen / Jan Sorensen / Martin van den Berge / Anders Fjordbach) would complete the TCR top three by finishing fourth overall, becoming the first of three Bas Koeten Racing entries to finish inside the top six.

Despite contact on the first lap dropping it to the tail of the field – as well as rear suspension failure caused by a collision during the final hour – a strong run from the Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT Leon TCR (#303, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers / Bert de Heus / JM Littman) meant the Dutch team rounded out the top 10 at the chequered flag. Just ahead in eighth and ninth were the Pit Lane Competizioni Audi RS3 LMS DSG (#122, Zach Arnold / Roberto Ferri / Alberto Vescovi / John Filippì) and the Bonk Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS (#115, Hermann Bock / Max Partl / Philip Ellis). 

Behind the SP3-GT4 winning NM Racing Team Ginetta G55 GT4, the CWS Ginetta G55 GT4 (#178, Colin White / Patrik Mathiesen / Joachim Bölting / Tom Wrigley) finished second in-class in SP3-GT4 despite early accident damage and a fuel pump issue arising late in the race. The British-entered Ginetta would finish just two laps ahead of the EST 1 Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 (#981, Thomas Padovani / Raimo Kulli / Sten Pentus / Keijo Kaasik / Jukka Honkavuori), which led outright in the opening stages before a puncture dropped the Estonian team down the order. The Stratton Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 (#237, Stuart Hall / Tom Black / David Tinn / Robin Marriott) also led outright during the opening hours of the Hankook 24H BARCELONA only for electrical issues to drop the British team 25 laps off the leaders on its series debut. 

The Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R (#176, Alyn James / Daniel Wheeler / Martin Byford) took a strong A3 victory, despite issues with a failing turbocharger. The MALTI COMPETITION SEAT Leon Supercopa MK2 (#128, Philippe Burel / Victor Fernandes / Jean-Marc Rivet / Bob Arezina) would finish second in-class, while the Team Autosport de Jong BMW E46 330D (#177, Peter Terlouw / Patrick Tieman / Marco de Jong / Karel Neleman / Mark Verhaegh) recovered from lengthy suspension issues to complete the A3 podium.

The Cor Euser Racing BMW 120D (#71, Cor Euser / Jim Briody / Carel Krieger / Stan van Oord) came out on top in A2, despite running last in-class after early delays. The Alders Motorsport Renault Clio Cup III (#180, Lucas Alders / Rob Noy / Stefan Tanner / Eduard Lázaro / Fortia Pares) secured a shock second in-class after long-time leader Spirit Racing (#168 Renault Clio Cup III, Rob Nieman / Eric vd Munckhof / Frank Bedorf / Stan van Oord / Joey van Splunteren) stopped on-track in the closing stages. The class polesitting RECY RACING TEAM meanwhile (#194 BMW 120D, Jan de Vocht / Johan van Loo / Wim Meulders / Thomas Piessens) would comfortably lead the first half of the race in A2 before succumbing to engine issues during the night.  

Despite pulling to a smoking stop with less than an hour to go, the DUWO Racing BMW M235i Racing Cup meanwhile (#235, Jean-Marie Dumont / Alexander W. Wetzlich / Nicolas Schmit / Andrey Mukovoz / Stanislav Sidoruk) took a comfortable win in CUP1 over the QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker / Mario Timmers / Rodrigue Gillion / Emilie Liljeström / Tommy Graberg) after power steering issues dropped the Belgian team 85 laps adrift. This, however, would not affect QSR Racingschool’s lead in the overall CUP1 standings.

With just one round of the 2017 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook left to run, QSR Racingschool, MONLAU COMPETICION and CWS are now covered by just three points in the overall Team standings. 

In five weeks, the 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook heads for its last round with the Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, held from 6 to 8 October. That same weekend, CREVENTIC will also host the next round of the 24H PROTO SERIES powered by Hankook with the Hankook 2X6H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, the organiser’s first ever event in America also set to take place in early November at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA. Further information can be found at www.24htceseries.com. 


Team Bleekemolen leads Hankook 24H BARCELONA on series return
Four hours in and the Team Bleekemolen SEAT Leon TCR (#100, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen / Melvin de Groot / Rene Steenmetz / Michael Bleekemolen) leads the 2017 Hankook 24H BARCELONA on its return to the series. The Dutch team makes its first series start since winning the season-opening Hankook 24H SILVERSTONE, and currently heads the SP3-GT4 class leader NM Racing Team Ginetta G55 GT4 (#215, Nikolay Dmitriev / Maxime Guillemat / Marc de Fulgencio / Ivan Pareras / Nil Montserrat), which secured pole position during Friday’s qualifying session. Current TCR standings leader MONLAU COMPETICIÓN SEAT Leon TCR (#107 Alvaro Bajo / Alba Cano Ramirez / Jurgen Smet / Jose Manuel Perez Aicart) holds the final outright podium spot as it circulates the 4.655km Circuit de Barelona Catalunya.

Fourth overall is NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing SEAT Leon TCR (#125, Gijs Bessem / Harry Hilders / Rob Rappange / Ramzi Moutran), which – briefly – became the seventh different race leader of the afternoon shortly before the four-hour mark. The SEAT heads the sister Bas Koeten Racing powered by Kawasaki SEAT Leon TCR (#155, Kristian Jepsen / Jan Sorensen / Martin van den Berge / Anders Fjordbach), which rounds out the top five.
 
With NM Racing Team out front, SP3-GT4 standings leader CWS (#178 Ginetta G55 GT4, Colin White Patrik Mathiesen / Joachim Bölting / Tom Wrigley) holds second in-class, despite a prolonged pit stop after an incident on the opening lap. The same collision also hampered TCR class pole sitter Red Camel-Jordans.nl (#303 SEAT Leon TCR, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers / Bert de Heus / JM Littman), which had started on the front row but lost more than 15 minutes to accident damage repairs on pit road.
 
EST 1 Racing (#981 Porsche Cayman GT4, Thomas Padovani / Raimo Kulli / Sten Pentus / Keijo Kaasik / Jukka Honkavuori) completes the top three in SP3-GT4, the Porsche making a stellar start from the third row to lead during the opening stint. Electrical issues meanwhile scuppered the progress of the Stratton Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 (#237, Stuart Hall / Tom Black / David Tinn / Robin Marriott) on the British team’s 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook debut. The Aston Martin had built a 35-second lead before problems hit.
 
The A2 class pole sitting RECY RACING TEAM BMW 120D (#194, Jan de Vocht / Johan van Loo / Wim Meulders / Thomas Piessens) leads category after the first four hours, just ahead of the Spirit Racing Renault Clio Cup III (#168, Rob Nieman / Eric vd Munckhof / Frank Bedorf / Stan van Oord / Joey van Splunteren). The Cor Euser Racing BMW 120D (#71, Cor Euser / Jim Briody / Carel Krieger / Stan van Oord) rounds out the top three in A2.
 
The Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R (#176, Alyn James / Daniel Wheeler / Martin Byford) currently leads the A3 class ahead of the MALTI COMPETITION SEAT Leon Supercopa MK2 (#128, Philippe Burel / Victor Fernandes / Jean-Marc Rivet / Bob Arezina) and the Team Autosport de Jong BMW E46 330D (#177, Peter Terlouw / Patrick Tieman / Marco de Jong / Karel Neleman / Mark Verhaegh). The final A3 entrant – the RKC/TGM Honda FD2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber / Thomas Gannon / David Drinkwater / Andrew Mollison / Mark Symonds) – completed just one formation lap before returning to the pit lane with critical electrical issues.  
 
CUP1 meanwhile is headed by the DUWO Racing BMW M235i Racing Cup (#235, Jean-Marie Dumont / Alexander W. Wetzlich / Nicolas Schmit / Andrey Mukovoz / Stanislav Sidoruk). The QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker / Mario Timmers / Rodrigue Gillion / Emilie Liljeström / Tommy Graberg) lies less than one lap further behind, and aims to maintain its lead in the CUP1 standings.
 
The 2017 Hankook 24H BARCELONA will continue throughout the night until the chequered flag flies on Sunday at 12 hrs. Live timing and live streaming in HD quality with commentary by Radiolemans.com will be available on Motortrend on Demand and on the series’ website. The streaming will also be uploaded on the series’ Youtube channel. Regular updates will be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24htceseries.com.


NM Racing Team on pole for 2017 Hankook 24H BARCELONA
The NM Racing Team Ginetta G55 GT4 (#215, Nikolay Dmitriev / Maxime Guillemat / Marc de Fulgencio / Ivan Pareras / Nil Montserrat) will start the 24H BARCELONA from pole position. Ivan Pareras lapped the 4.655km Circuit de Catalunya circuit in Barcelona in 1m 57.241s, outpacing the second-placed Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT Leon TCR (#303, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers / Bert de Heus / JM Littman) by just 0.254 seconds. Incredibly, Pareras’ time equalled that of teammate – and Spanish countryman – Nil Montserrat, who produced exactly the same time earlier in the session.

Current SP3-GT4 standings leader CWS (#178 Ginetta G55 GT4, Colin White / Patrik Mathiesen / Joachim Bölting / Tom Wrigley) will start from third on the grid. The third fastest SP3-GT4 entrant meanwhile, the EST 1 Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 (#981, Thomas Padovani / Raimo Kulli / Sten Pentus / Keijo Kaasik / Jukka Honkavuori) will start fifth overall.

With the #303 Red Camel-Jordans.nl SEAT Leon TCR having secured TCR pole position, the Team Bleekemolen SEAT Leon TCR (#100, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen / Melvin de Groot / Rene Steenmetz / Michael Bleekemolen) claimed the next fastest category time in only its second 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook entry of the year. Current TCR standings leader MONLAU COMPETICIÓN SEAT Leon TCR (#107, Alvaro Bajo / Alba Cano Ramirez / Jurgen Smet / Jose Manuel Perez Aicart) meanwhile will start from the sixth spot on the grid after setting the third fastest TCR laptime.

With 18 TCR cars confirmed for the Hankook 24H BARCELONA, this marks the highest number of entrants yet for the category in 2017.

A3 pole position went to the Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type R (#176, Alyn James / Daniel Wheeler / Martin Byford) in a tight-contest for the top spot, with less than half a second separating the top two. The MALTI COMPETITION Seat Leon Supercopa MK2 (#128, Philippe Burel / Victor Fernandes / Jean-Marc Rivet / Bob Arezina) and the RKC/TGM Honda FD2-Civic Type-R (#99, Ricky Coomber / Thomas Gannon /David Drinkwater / Andrew Mollison / Mark Symonds) rounded out the category’s top three.

The QSR Racingschool BMW M235i Racing Cup (#154, Jimmy de Breucker / Mario Timmers / Rodrigue Gillion / Emilie Liljeström / Tommy Graberg) netted CUP1 pole position against its sole category rival this weekend, the DUWO Racing BMW M235i Racing Cup (#235, Jean-Marie Dumont / Alexander W. Wetzlich / Nicolas Schmit / Andrey Mukovoz / Stanislav Sidoruk) as the former strives to maintain its lead in the CUP1 standings this weekend.

A2 qualifying honours went to the RECY RACING TEAM BMW 120D (#194, Jan de Vocht / Johan van Loo / Wim Meulders / Thomas Piessens) in a tightly fought contest with the Spirit Racing Renault Clio Cup III (#168, Rob Nieman / Eric vd Munckhof / Frank Bedorf / Stan van Oord / Joey van Splunteren) and the Cor Euser Racing BMW 120D (#71, Cor Euser / Jim Briody / Carel Krieger / Stan van Oord)

On Saturday, the race will begin at 12 hrs. Live timing and live streaming in HD quality with commentary by Radiolemans.com will be available on Motortrend on Demand and on the series’ website. The streaming will also be uploaded on the series’ Youtube channel. Regular updates will be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24htceseries.com.