Next weekend, the 24H SERIES returns to the Hockenheimring in Germany for the third annual Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING on 13-14-15 May. And as we approach half-distance in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in 2022, things could be much closer in the championship chase.
Fresh its recent win at the Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Phoenix Racing (#18), now the leading GT3 Team in the European standings, will be looking to keep that momentum going at its home event. The German squad has once again entered its Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II for standings leaders Michael Doppelmayr, Pierre Kaffer and Elia Erhart, and the returning Swen Herberger.
A runner-up at Spa-Francorchamps, and just five points adrift in the European title race, CP Racing (#85) also leads the GT3 ranks in the Championship of the Continents courtesy of it GT3-AM win in Dubai. Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub will be reunited with Joe Foster in Germany, the 2018 Overall GT Drivers’ champions competing once again with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Lithuania’s JUTA Racing (#71, Julius Adomavičius / Andrius Gelžinis / Jonas Gelžinis) could secure its third ‘GT3’ class victory at the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING – as well as its third successive overall top five finish – while fellow Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO runner Car Collection Motorsport (#34) will be hoping for its first class win of 2022 at its home race with Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff, Max Edelhoff, and Elmar Grimm.
Hankook 6H ABU DHABI runner-up JR Motorsport (#Ted van Vliet / Bas and Dirk Schouten) completes the provisional GT3 entry list, and makes its first start since Mugello with the BMW M6 GT3.
It’s an all-scarlet affair at the top of the 992 Teams’ standings – well, nominally at least… – with Red Ant Racing and Red Camel-Jordans.nl both on 35 points in the European standings. Red Ant Racing will once again field two Porsche 992 GT3 Cups for father-sons trio Bert, Ayrton and Yannick Redant (#903) and, Philippe Wils, Tom Boonen and Sam Dejonge (#904) in the sister car. Fittingly, it’s an all-family affair at Red Camel (#909), which also leads the 992 Teams’ standings in the Championship of the Continents, as Ivo Breukers will race with sons Rik and Luc.
Multi-time 991 Teams’ champion Porsche Lorient Racing (#912) continues its campaign with the new 992-generation Cup car, with Philippe Polette, Frederic Lelievre and Nicolas Dupuy competing alongside 2019 991 Drivers’ champions Frédéric Ancel and Jean-François Demorge. Long-time rival NKPP Racing by HRT Performance (#928) once again field 24H SERIES staples Gijs Bessem and Harry Hilders.
Having been eliminated early at the Hankook 12H MUGELLO, Spain’s ESP Racing (#910, Pablo Burguera / Javier Morcillo) finished a successful ‘debut’ at Spa-Francorchamps with 2nd in-class, and will be hoping for another strong run with its Porsche 991-II Cup in Germany.
TM-Racing.org (#905) completes the Porsche runners thus far as 'Plusline-Racing-Team by Terting&Müskens'. The German squad last competed at the Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2020, and teams Lars Joosten and Philipp Gresek with the returning Carrie Schreiner for its home race.
A comeback drive to 3rd in-class last time out at Spa was enough for Leipert Motorsport (#710) to retain its lead in the Championship of the Continents GTX Teams’ standings. Jean-Francois Brunot and Kerong Li, who team with former 24H SERIES race winner Tim Müller in the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo at Hockenheim, similarly lead the GTX Drivers’ standings.
Just two points however splits the German team from reigning GTX Teams’ champion Vortex V8, which has once again entered two of its eponymous lightweight sports cars, the first of which we be driven by Lionel Amrouche, Philippe Bonnel and Sebastien Lajoux (#701).
Despite its early retirement at Spa-Francorchamps, RD Signs – Siauliai racing team (#720) will also be among the GTX frontrunners at Hockenheim as Lithuanian contemporaries Audrius Butkevicius and Paulius Paskevicius again team with Italy’s Nicola Michelon in the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (#720).
Valluga (#405) meanwhile, winner last time out in TCX, jumps to the GT4 class for the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING, its Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport once again set to be driven by Leonidas and Rhea Loucas, Charles Hollings, and 2015 Hankook 24H DUBAI class winner Bradley Ellis.
The British team will go head-to-head with new series arrival MANIACK-Racing (#412). The brand-new outfit from Lichtenstein has entered a Mercedes-AMG GT4 for the event, set to be run by three-time Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport, and has confirmed reigning Overall TCE Drivers’ champion Constantin Kletzer on driver detail alongside Martin Wachter and Dario Pergollini.
Despite a tough event at Spa-Francorchamps, victories in Dubai and Mugello mean BBR (#159) still leads the TCR Teams’ title chase in both the European standings and the Championship of the Continents. Back aboard the CUPRA Leon Competición TCR for Hockenheim, Kantadhee and Kantasak Kusiri also lead both TCR Drivers’ rankings, and will race with Munkong Sathienthirakul and Chariya Nuya (the latter also heads the Championship of the Continents with the Kusiri brothers).
Fresh from its maiden TCE win at Spa, Holmgaard Motorsport (#102) is now just four points behind BBR in the European standings, and will again field Roy Edland and
Martin Vedel Mortensen alongside 2019 TCE Junior Cup winners Magnus and Jonas Holmgaard.
In what’s fast-becoming a close fight for TCR honours, three-time Overall TCE Teams’ champion Wolf-Power Racing (#116) is just one further point behind in the European ranks, and has confirmed reigning TCE Ladies Cup winner Jasmin Preisig will race with Ivars Vallers and Marlon Menden in the Audi RS 3 LMS at Hockenheim.
Lestrup Racing Team will make its much-anticipated return to the 24H SERIES at Hockenheim. The Swedish outfit last competed with CREVENTIC at the Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2020, and has confirmed its new Audi RS 3 LMS (#120) will be driven by Emil Sällberg, Marcus Fluch, Oliver Söderström, Andreas Bäckman. Mats Olsson, Peter Fahlström, Stefan Nilsson, and Christian Axelsson meanwhile will compete with the team’s tenured Volkswagen Golf GTi.
Fresh from its TCE runners-up spot in Belgium, fellow Volkswagen runner GSR Motorsport (#105, Ernesta Globytė / Rokas Kvedaras / Mindaugas Liatukas) will also race at the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING.
Austria’s Wimmer Werk Motorsport (#124, Peter Gross / Dominik Haselsteiner / Günther Wiesmeier / Daniel Lemmerhofer) is the last of the TCR runners thus far, and makes its first start at an official CREVENTIC event since the TCR SPA 500 in 2019.
After a successful series debut at Spa, at which the Belgian team finished 2nd in TCX, Xwift Racing (#221, Pieter Denys / Tim de Borle / Steven Dewulf) continues its 2022 campaign at the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING, and rounds out the provisional TCE entry list.
The Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING will be supported throughout the 13-14-15 May weekend by ADAC Formula 4 Germany, the Supercar Challenge, and the VRM BMW M2 CUP. All three programs will feature Free Practice and Qualifying sessions, and at least two sprint races ranging from 30 minutes to one-hour.
Following official Free Practice on Friday 13 May from 16.20 hrs to 17.30 hrs local time, live coverage of the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING begins with three, 15-minute qualifying sessions later that evening between 19.05 hrs and 20.00 hrs. The first half of the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING, complete with live commentary from radiolemans.com, gets underway on Saturday 14 May at 13.55 hrs and runs until 20.00 hrs. Following CREVENTIC’s customary overnight intervention, the final half 5.5 hours will run uninterrupted from 14.05 hrs to 20.00 hrs. Further details can be found HERE.