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Having started life as a TCE-only event in 2017, the Hankook 12H SPA now moves from its conventional season-closing spot on the calendar to 19-20 April. That, you're probably already aware of. But did you know...?

1) Red Camel-Jordans.nl is the only team to finish both 24H TCE SERIES races at Spa on the overall podium… 

If their previous record at Spa-Francorchamps is anything to go by, we can expect a strong showing from father-son duo Ivo and Rik Breukers at this year’s Hankook 12H SPA, given that Red Camel-Jordans.nl is the only team to have finished both iterations of the race on the overall TCE podium.
 
Brutally, the very-orange SEAT Leon actually crossed the line in front of LMS Racing in 2017, but a 30-second post-race penalty ultimately dropped the team behind eventual winners LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing in the final results.  
 
Red Camel-Jordans.nl would have to wait another two rounds before finally putting a near-two year win-less streak to bed at Silverstone in 2018. A strong campaign saw the team walk away with that year’s TCR-class European Championship, sealed, fittingly, with another 2nd place finish at Spa.
 
 
2) …but LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing, Sorg Rennsport, JJ Motorsport and Dan Agro Racing are the only other teams to take two class podiums at the event 

Series stalwart Bas Koeten can be similarly impressed with his record at the Hankook 12H SPA, given that two of his affiliate entries – LMS Racing and NKPP Racing – secured TCR-class victory at the event for two years in succession. Aptly, Kawasaki Racing (another Bas Koeten customer team) and LMS Racing bookended these victories by completing the TCR podium in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the latter result securing Anti Burri last year’s TCR-class European Drivers’ championship.
 
Look past the TCR class though and CUP1 has proven a similarly successful stomping ground for JJ Motorsport and Sorg Rennsport at Spa over the last two years. At the 2017 Hankook 12H SPA, JJ Motorsport emerged ahead of its German rival to take the class win, the pair finishing 2nd and 3rd one year later, the order reversed, behind the all-conquering BMW of eventual TCE champions, Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport.

Lastly, we have Danish squad Dan Agro Racing, which claimed a 2nd-placed finish in A2 back in 2017 and 3rd place in the A3-class in 2018. 
 

3) For two years in a row, CWS Engineering was involved in the closest finish in TCE at Spa 

Even after 12 full hours of racing, an overall win can easily come down to the final few minutes in the 24H SERIES. CWS Engineering demonstrated this admirably at last year’s Hankook 12H SPA with a storming recovery drive, the Glastonbury-based team only snatching the outright TCE win in the final hour and by just 20.181s over NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing.
 
Amazingly, this was the second year in a row at the event that the closest TCE finish featured CWS Engineering. One year earlier, just 13.619s separated Colin White’s eponymously-entered Ginetta G55 in 5th place in SP3 from the Munckhof Racing BMW M4 in 4th place.
 
Can the reigning S3 European Champions go three-for-three in 2019?
 

4) No GT team has ever won the first two European rounds of a 24H SERIES season 

Could lightning strike twice? Following its decisive performance at Mugello to become the event’s only two-time winner to-date, could Bohemia Energy racing with Scuderia Praha become the first GT team to win the opening two European rounds of a 24H SERIES season as well?
 
Strange as it may seem, it’s never happened before. Last year, ROFGO Racing’s GT win at the Hankook 12H SILVERSTONE was followed by Scuderia Praha’s victory in Navarra. One year earlier, the #11 Ferrari took its maiden win at Mugello but gave best to Herberth Motorsport at the Red Bull Ring one round later. In 2016, it was V8 Racing and (Precote) Herberth Motorsport took the top step in Mugello and Zandvoort respectively, and in 2015, the Renauer twins secured the GT garlands in Tuscany while Hofor-Racing claimed victory at Zandvoort.
 
Shall we go on, or will you just take our word for it…?
 

5) Could Porsche or Lamborghini become the fourth consecutive brand to win a 24H GT SERIES race? 

Should either the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R or the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 take outright victory at Spa – and we really hope we haven’t hexed either team with that statement! – the result would arguably prove even more significant than the points haul that comes with it. In doing so, Porsche/Lamborghini would be the fourth different manufacturer on the bounce to claim the top prize in the 24H GT SERIES, after Mercedes-AMG (Black Falcon, COTA ‘18), Audi (Car Collection Motorsport, Dubai ‘19) and Ferrari (Scuderia Praha, Mugello ‘19).
 
That, by the way, would be just one shy of a series record, set in 2015-2016 by Mercedes-AMG (HP Racing, Barcelona ’15), Ferrari (Scuderia Praha, Brno ’15), Audi (Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, Dubai ’16), Renault (V8 Racing, Mugello ’16) and Porsche (Precote Herberth Motorsport, Zandvoort ’16).
 

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