Steffan Pattrick, team manager of Aston Martin customer Bullitt Racing, confirmed recently that next year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI could be part of the Spanish team’s program for 2023.
Words – James Gent
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Bullitt Racing is set to make its debut at next year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI as part of its 2023 campaign.
In a recent interview posted on Bullitt Racing’s official site, team manager Steffan Pattrick stated that, upon completion of this year’s Le Mans Cup, the Spanish team would focus its efforts on the Asian Le Mans Series, a multi-car effort in next year’s Le Mans Cup, and the 2023 24H SERIES powered by Hankook season opener as part of a campaign to one day compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Our aim – something we are transparent about – is to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Pattrick explains. “Of course, there are many things we need to do before we can compete in the 24-hour race. It’s all about the steps and I can confirm that we have a programme coming up to include the forthcoming Gulf 12 Hours, the Asian Le Mans Series and [Hankook] 24H DUBAI.
“These are good high-profile and attractive events for Bullitt Racing.”
An entry for the 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI would mark the 24H SERIES debut of Bullitt Racing, the latter based in Marbella a stone’s throw from the Ascari Race Resort. Interestingly, an entry would also mark the first time a Spanish team has contested the Hankook 24H DUBAI since the SUNRED Racing Team finished 1-2 in the ‘A3T’ class at the 2010 event.
Though not yet confirmed, it’s likely Bullitt Racing will compete at the Dubai Autodrome with its Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The Spanish outfit became an official Aston Martin Customer towards the end of last year, and went into the off-season to conduct “a series of tests, building [their] understanding and knowledge of the car” ahead of its debut in the Le Mans Cup in 2022.
It’s likely that team founder and CEO Stephen Pattrick – father of team manager Steffan – will lead the team’s line-up for Dubai as the former continues his program as a ‘gentleman’ driver.
“I have been working with my father on his race programme for the last three years and in that time we have seen a massive development as a driver, especially this season where things seem to have really clicked,” Pattrick junior continues. “You often see that with an Am driver, where they plateau and then suddenly exponentially improve and that is what we are seeing now. We are seeing that now as we are getting the results.”
Pattrick senior’s teammates are likely to include Bullit Racing’s Le Mans Cup contenders Valentin Hasse-Clot and Théo Nouet. The latter pair achieved Silver Cup championship success in the European GT4 Series in 2020, but this would potentially mark the 24H SERIES debut of all three.
Thus far, 64 entries have been registered for the 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI, with interest continuing to filter in from outfits across the globe. Notable entrants registered for the event thus far include outright event winners Herberth Motorsport (2017) and Car Collection Motorsport (2019), reigning event class winners CP Racing, MP Motorsport, PK Carsport, Team GP-Elite, and the UAE’s Dragon Racing, and overall TCE event winners BBR, AC Motorsport and Wolf-Power Racing.
Entries are still being accepted for the 18th Hankook 24H DUBAI on 13-14-15 January.