Bas Koeten Racing will run a solo CUPRA TCR at this year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA, and has confirmed four of its drivers for the event.
24H SERIES stalwart Bas Koeten Racing has confirmed four drivers with which it will compete at the upcoming Hankook 24H BARCELONA on 3-4-5 September.
So far this season, the Dutch team has run a new generation Porsche 992 Cup with regular partner NKPP Racing, and has now confirmed a standalone ‘Bas Koeten Racing’ CUPRA TCR for the next European round of the 24H SERIES in September.
No stranger to TCR competition, Bas Koeten Racing has been a regular touring car frontrunner since the category was introduced to the 24H SERIES in 2016. In that time, the Dutch team champion ran a SEAT León Cup Racer and SEAT León TCR before making the full-time switch to the CUPRA TCR at Silverstone in 2018.
September’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA though marks the first standalone TCE division entry for Bas Koeten Racing since the Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2019, at which it finished 2nd in TCR.
While three of the four drivers in the team’s all-Dutch line-up – Bert Mets, Jos Stevens and Bob Stevens – will be making their 24H SERIES debut in Barcelona, Martin van den Berge will make his first series start since the 2017 Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, also with Bas Koeten Racing. The Dutchman finished 11th in TCR on that occasion and, fittingly, is also a two-time class winner at the Hankook 24H BARCELONA in 2011 and 2013.
Van den Berge’s Barcelona teammates meanwhile have hitherto focused on historic racing, with Jos and Bob Stevens having driven Lotus Elans and Bert Mets as a regular in the NKHTGT respectively. All of them will also be competing in the NKHTGT by Nolte Küchen races, that are part of the 24H BARCELONA as a support series.
So far in 2021, Bas Koeten Racing has taken two category wins in the 24H SERIES’ GT division: the first in a ‘991’ class’ collaborative effort with NKPP Racing at the season-opener in Dubai, and the second – again in ‘991’ – most recently as ‘Bas Koeten Racing’ at the Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING.
The Dutch team is also no stranger to success at the Hankook 24H BARCELONA: in 2017, the team finished 3rd in TCR at the event together with Kawasaki Racing, and in 2019, secured overall TCE victory in a collaborative entry with TOPCAR Sport.