Our magazine for the Hankook 24H DUBAI is now available for digital download. This month, we take a look back at one of the most scintillating editions to-date – 2013 – with three-time overall winner Khaled Al Qubaisi and series staple Shane Lewis. We get insight into the build of the new 24H DUBAI Trophy from Italian manufacturer Libe Incisioni srl, take a look at some of our favourite images from the 2022 season with series photographer Petr Frýba, and ask Abu Dhabi’s own Saif Al Ameri how – and when – RABDAN Motorsport will bring international motor racing glory to the UAE.
All that and more in this month’s magazine.
We know, we know. An enjoyable festive season is fast-disappearing into our collective rear-view mirrors. The last chocolate orange has been finished, the last pine needle has been vacuumed, and it’s back to the daily grind.
Take heart though, for the annual Hankook 24H DUBAI could be just the thing to kick those January blues to the curb. This year for example, our biggest 24-hour event is also the second stop of CREVENTIC’s Middle East Trophy, a brand-new title challenge that’s also set to take in the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next weekend. On top of that, and as you’ll read HERE, the 18th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI boasts one of our most exciting grids yet.
Look past these opening 31 days and there’s a lot more to look forward to in 2023 too. CREVENTIC is very pleased to confirm the 24H SERIES will be making its first official visit to the Circuito do Estoril in July, as well as a return to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in June. Moreover, as part of a revised batch of sporting regulations for 2023, the series will even introduce a new ‘Qualifying Race’ for the inaugural Hankook 12H ESTORIL weekend.
Rejoice too radiolemans.com fans, as Joe Bradley returns to our pages with more ‘Behind Garage Doors’ musings in 2023. Aptly, this month, Joe ponders the concept of endurance racing, and takes a look back at, possibly, the ‘world’s longest endurance race’ held between 1965 and 1971: the 84-hour ‘Marathon de la Route.’
Though CREVENTIC keenly looks ahead to 2023, this month we’re also taking a look back to one of the most consequential editions of the 24H DUBAI in 2013. One that, as we discuss with three-time winner Khaled Al Qubaisi, proved the toughest of his career to-date. Ironically, we don’t need to look back too far to find another historic moment at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, for last year marked the first time that the official 24H DUBAI Trophy – cool name, right…?! – made an event appearance.
Our nostalgic tour this month also takes in three of the 24H SERIES’ most respected, and popular, competitors: Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub, and Lionel Amrouche. All three made their 50th race starts with CREVENTIC at last year’s Hankook 12H KUWAIT, and we couldn’t wait to sit down with them and hear their thoughts on a remarkable 24H SERIES run. All this and more in this month’s magazine, to say nothing of nearly a full week of track action we’ve got lined up for you at the 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI.
January blues? Pfft!