GENNEP (3 June, 2021) – As the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook moves into its traditional summer break, attention has already turned to both the Hankook 24H SEBRING and the Hankook 24H DUBAI, the 24-hour events that will close and open CREVENTIC’s 2021 and 2022 endurance racing campaigns respectively.
CREVENTIC will host its fourth North American round of the 24H SERIES in five years this November as the Sebring International Raceway joins the calendar for the very first time on 18-19-20 November. Established in 1950 as a 5.632km road course on the former United States Army Air Forces base Hendricks Field, the ‘Birthplace of American Endurance Racing’ was officially inaugurated on New Year’s Eve by the Sam Collier Six Hours Memorial. The event proved so popular (if a little primitive) that it made its return 14 months later on a revised and more intricate 8.368km layout across the former base’s runways as an event that would go on to shape American motorsport across the next six decades: the Sebring 12 Hours.
Alongside its most famous endurance event, Sebring has hosted the inaugural rounds of both the FIA World Championship Sports Car Championship (in 1953) and the FIA World Endurance Championship (in 2012), has welcomed every motor racing series of repute, and was even the North American home of Formula 1 for one year in 1959.
On 18-19-20 November, CREVENTIC hopes to add yet further to Sebring’s illustrious heritage with the circuit’s longest international motor race to-date. A formidable challenge, albeit in the idyllic climes of Florida, for both North American teams familiar with the Floridian venue and European teams keen to take on a fresh opportunity with the 24H SERIES.
Unsurprisingly, over 40 entries have already registered for the first-ever Hankook 24H SEBRING. Notable North American entrants include 24H SERIES stalwart CP Racing, Overall GT Teams’ championship contender ST Racing, former series class winner Classic BMW, and IMSA favourite Atlanta Speedwerks. Europe meanwhile is set to be represented by British GT Champion Barwell Motorsport, former series class champions Speed Lover and CWS Engineering, series frontrunners Leipert Motorsport and Rutronik Racing by TECE, and reigning Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing. So far, and with 24 weeks left until the green flag drops, a dozen nations are already set to be represented at Sebring.
Just under two months later on 13-14-15 January, the 2022 24H SERIES calendar kicks off with the Hankook 24H DUBAI, set to be held for the 17th consecutive year around the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates.
Opened in October 2004 just in time for its inaugural event, the Dubai Autodrome has since hosted motorsport series as diverse as the FIA GT Series, the European Touring Car Championship, GP2 Asia, and ‘the World Cup of Motorsport’, A1 GP. First held in 2006, the Hankook 24H DUBAI is the longest running event on the 24H SERIES calendar, and is still considered today to be the ‘spiritual home’ of Dutch promoter CREVENTIC.
With a promise of close racing, CREVENTIC’s conventional familial paddock atmosphere, and stunning weather during the winter ‘off-season’ – facets the event has routinely delivered across its previous 16 iterations – 65 entries have already been lodged for 10-11-12 January. These include former outright winners Car Collection Motorsport and Herberth Motorsport, the United Arab Emirates’ own Dragon Racing, former event class winners Bas Koeten Racing, MRS GT-Racing and AC Motorsport, and even teams, like Atlas BX Motorsports, from as far afield as South Korea.
Thus far, the 2022 Hankook 24H DUBAI is set to be contested by teams representing 12 different nations, with CREVENTIC hoping for a final entry list surpassing 80.
As a further incentive, competitors looking to take on both the Hankook 24H SEBRING on 18-19-20 November and the Hankook 24H DUBAI on 10-11-12 January can also rely on CREVENTIC’s experienced in-house team to handle all logistical concerns regarding transportation of cars and equipment. Thanks to new partnerships with Revolugo and Enterprise, teams and drivers can now book their accommodation and rental cars ahead of time and at bespoke rates directly through 24hseries.com.
Competitors interested in competing at Sebring and/or Dubai can register their interest HERE, or speak with CREVENTIC directly via +31 485 471 166.
- Images – Petr Frýba, BMW and Porsche