With just one week to go until the inaugural Hankook 16H HOCKENHEIMRING, entries are still being accepted for CREVENTIC’s first official endurance event in Germany on 4-5-6 September.
The home of the Formula 1 German Grand Prix was announced as a late replacement for the annual Hankook 24H BARCELONA after Covid-19-related restrictions made it impossible to host the latter. Unsurprisingly, the Baden-Württemberg venue’s longest endurance event since the 1985 1000km Hockenheim has quickly captured the imagination of not only 24H SERIES’ most ardent competitors, but also some compelling debutants.
Former 24H SERIES champions Charles Espenlaub, Charles Putman and Joe Foster make a welcome return to the series in Germany with former Daytona 24 Hours class winner Shane Lewis after a prolonged absence. CREVENTIC’s de facto ‘American team’ is set to line up the CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo (#85) for the first time since the season-opening Hankook 24H DUBAI, at which the four countrymen finished a hard-earned 7th in ‘GT3’. A first category win since COTA in 2018 and a maiden victory under its new ‘CP Racing’ banner must surely be on the team’s mind at Hockenheim.
Another GT3 entrant keen to make big strides at the Hockenheimring is Equipe Verschuur (#9). Thus far in its 24H SERIES return, the Dutch outfit has suffered repeated engine and drivetrain issues with its Renault R.S.01 GT3, but also made history with an outright pole position at Monza. The pace is clearly there for Mike Verschuur’s eponymous outfit. Now the team just needs to carry that all the way to the chequered flag.
Speaking of historic moments, Hockenheim is also set to welcome T3 Motorsport to the 24H SERIES. The German team has entered a Bentley Continental GT3, marking the first time the luxury British marque will contest a 24H SERIES event. With 45 wins and more than 120 podiums already secured, don’t be too surprised to see the Continental GT3 harrying the frontrunners on its maiden outing with CREVENTIC.
NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing (#991) makes its first start in the ‘991’ class since last year’s Hankook 12H MUGELLO. The perennial TCR frontrunner temporarily parked its CUPRA TCR in favour of a Porsche 991-II Cup for the opening two rounds of last year’s 24H SERIES, but two heavy accidents meant the Dutch team’s 991 program came to a dramatic, but ultimately temporary, close. Third time lucky, no doubt, at the Hockenheimring.
PROsport Racing (#401) returns to action at the Hockenheimring, keen to maintain its lead at the head of the ‘GT4’ class 24H SERIES Europe standings. The sole Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 in the field (thus far) took a classified win at the Hankook 24H PORTIMAO in June, its second in the 24H SERIES since the car’s first full campaign last year. Having sought the GT4 class crown last year before ultimately falling short, PROsport will want a win on home turf if the German team wants to maintain its momentum this season.
Thus far in 2020, three teams competing with three different cars have taken outright TCE wins. AC Motorsport (#188) got the ball rolling with its maiden win in the 24H SERIES with its tenured Audi RS3 LMS, while Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing – which once again enters two cars in Germany (#1 and #112) – got its European title defense off to a good start with victory in Portugal with the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Red Camel-Jordans.nl (#101), winner of the first TCR SPA 500 in 2019, makes three, the Dutch CUPRA TCR ending a fighting drive in Monza with a well-earned win. Though it’s unlikely a fourth different brand will secure the TCR top step in Germany, don’t be too fast to count out last year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA winner TOPCAR Sport (#131), nor Holmgaard Motorsport (#102), the eponymous entry of series mainstay, and former series champion, Kim Holmgaard.
These are just some of the stories heading into next weekend’s Hankook 16H HOCKENHEIMRING. With travel restrictions relaxing into and out of Germany, teams and drivers interested in competing at what sure to be an historic weekend in the 24H SERIES can contact CREVENTIC directly at [email protected] and via +31 485 471 166, or by clicking the below link.
*Images courtesy of Petr Frýba and the Hockenheimring.