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For the first time, the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook will visit the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where teams will battle for the Championship of the Continents. But did you know…?
 
The inaugural champion will be crowned at COTA 

An obvious one to start with, but worth re-iterating.
 
After two 24-hour nail-biters at both Dubai and Portimão, the 24H SERIES’ first visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas will also be the curtain closer on CREVENTIC’s inaugural Championship of Continents, a three-round tournament encompassing Asia, Europe and North America. If competing for class and outright victory weren’t enticing enough, one team is about to make history in COTA.
 
It marks the second time in 2017 that Herberth Motorsport (#911), Hofor-Racing (#1) and PROsport Performance (#85) go into a championship decider (almost) neck and neck. 
As explained in our COTA race preview (HERE), Herberth Motorsport (#911) currently holds a one point advantage over Hofor-Racing (#1) while PROsport Performance (#85) lies just one further point adrift. It’s a situation that  
 
At this year’s Hankook 24H PORTIMAO, 24H SERIES champions elect Hofor-Racing was level-pegging with the PROsport Performance Porsche 991 Cup as the green flag flew, with Herberth Motorsport – just two points further back – breathing down their necks. Ultimately, the Hofor-Racing #1 Mercedes-AMG GT3 would take the championship honours after an ill-fated collision dropped Herberth Motorsport out of the running at the four-hour mark.  Will it be second time lucky for the Bavarian squad?
 
Championship of Continents, GT Teams, Top 3
 
Herberth Motorsport (#911, Porsche) – 59 points
Hofor-Racing (#1, Mercedes-AMG) – 58 points
PROsport Performance (#85, Porsche) – 57 points 
* You can find championship standings and points-paying positions for COTA in full at 24HSERIES.com
 
Hofor-Racing could finish 2017 with six championships 
It’s been a good year for Hofor-Racing. Having successfully defended the 24H SERIES championship it won in 2016, the Swiss outfit also added the A6, Overall Drivers’ and GT Teams’ titles to its already packed trophy case in 2016, plus Chantal Kroll’s Ladies Drivers’ championship. Should all go to-plan at COTA, Hofor-Racing could notch up its sixth title of the season with the Championship of Continents. Getting all that silverware through airport check-in must be difficult…
 
Just 11 points cover 38 drivers… 
The 24H SERIES powered by Hankook prides itself on close-competition, but this is ridiculous! Heading into COTA, nearly 40 drivers are separated by just 11 points. That’s one-third of a race victory if you needed context.
 
Impressively, of those 38 drivers, 16 are separated by just three points at the top of the table, which is currently headed by Daniel Allemann, Robert and Alfred Renauer and Ralf Bohn (#911, Herberth Motorsport). Things get truly mind-boggling though when you look past the top 16: just five points cover the next eight drivers, while 10 drivers are all level-pegging on 48 points.
 
Championship of Continents, Overall Drivers, Top 3

 
Daniel Allemann – 59 points (#911)Robert Renauer
Alfred Renauer
Ralf Bohn
Roland Eggimann – 58 points (#1)Chantal Kroll
Michael Kroll
Kenneth Heyer
Christiaan Frankenhout
Charles Putman  – 57 points (#85)Charles Espenlaub
Joe Foster
Andy Pilgrim
Thierry Blaise – 57 points (#308)Kim Holmgaard
Michael Carlsen
 
* You can find championship standings and points-paying positions for COTA in full at 24HSERIES.com
 
…and they represent 12 different nationalities 
Care to take a guess which nationality is best represented by those 38 drivers? Yep, quite correct, it’s Germany, with NINE of them hailing from Deutschland. That’s quite a gap when you consider Switzerland and England are the closest nationalities with four apiece.
 
Still, scan through the championship leaders and you’ll also find that France, Belgium, the USA, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain and even Saudi Arabia will have a countryman fighting for the top spot in Austin, Texas.

The Championship of Continents was designed to introduce more teams to endurance racing 
Many of you might be wondering why, with so much already up for grabs in the 24H SERIES, CREVENTIC felt it necessary to introduce another championship prize? The answer, according to CREVENTIC event manager Gerrie Willems, is pretty straightforward: it allows teams to remain in championship contention, even with, ahem, a ‘modest budget’.
 
“I think the Championship of the Continents offers more value for a much wider variety of teams compared with other series,” Gerrie explains. “You might find, for instance, that the ‘big teams’ will sign up for all eight races on the 24H SERIES calendar. And that’s fantastic. We welcome all of them!
 
“But there are also, let’s say, ‘less financed’ teams for whom the Hankook 24H DUBAI might be a step too far if they’re already competing in the European races. That doesn’t mean they don’t WANT to race in Dubai – we get more and more team interest every year – it just means they might not have the support to do a full season. We believe the Championship of Continents is a great opportunity: it allows teams to race all over the world and still compete for a championship as part of a more select program.
 
“We think this offers a great approach to work from National and European levels, up to Continental and even World titles!”
 

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