Following a successful partnership with Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing at the Hankook 12H HUNGARY, the Greenhope Foundation hopes to return for future 24H SERIES endurance events.
The Greenhope Foundation could return for more 24H SERIES events in the near future following a successful collaboration with Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing last time out at the Hungaroring.
Reigning Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama took its fourth consecutive win in the division at the 2021 Hankook 12H HUNGARY, a significant result given that the team’s victorious #112 Volkswagen Golf GTI donned a striking green livery in deference to event partner, the Greenhope Foundation. Founded in 2011, Swiss charitable organization Greenhope supports children with cancer and their families under the tagline ‘Sports Against Cancer’ (in its original guise, the non-profit organisation advocated ‘Biking against cancer’).
To raise further awareness, donations were accepted for every lap of the race the Greenhope-liveried Volkswagen could complete at the Hankook 12H HUNGARY. In a near-flawless run, the #112 Golf managed 335 laps of the Hungaroring en-route to collecting the chequered flag.
Following both the team and foundation’s success in Hungary, Greenhope ambassador Christoph Lenz admits that the partnership might well reunite for more CREVENTIC events.
“The Greenhope-Golf will race again in the 24H SERIES. We really like the ‘new outfit’,” Christoph explained to CREVENTIC. When asked to confirm what Greenhope’s future projects in the 24H SERIES would be, he stated simply, “I don't want to reveal too much. Stay tuned and you will see!”
Ambassador Christoph Lenz made his 24H SERIES debut at the Hankook 24H PORTIMAO in 2020, and went on to claim his maiden TCR-class win later that year at the Hockenheimring (this year’s Hankook 12H HUNGARY was the Swiss driver’s second win in TCE). While Hungary marked the first time ‘his’ Autorama Golf boasted a livery dedicated to the foundation, Christoph has nevertheless raced with the ‘Greenhope’ logo on his car at every CREVENTIC event at which he has competed.
“In the past my company sponsored a Swiss soccer club,” Christoph continues. “One day, the club played in bright-green shirts, so I googled the reason why they were in green. That was the first time I got in touch with the Greenhope Foundation. I asked about the projects and also about the structure of the foundation, and since then, I’ve always had a ‘Greenhope’ sticker on my racecars. I’m a member of the board for the Greenhope foundation now as well.”
In her post-race interview with radiolemans.com’s Lukas Gajewski at Hungary, fellow Greenhope ambassador Jasmin Preisig, who raced the #112 VW alongside Christoph, Milos Pavlovic and Emil Heyerdahl, proclaimed the Hungarian result was “probably the biggest win for [the team], and an important one for Greenhope and Sport against Cancer.” A sentiment with which Christoph agrees.
“Absolutely! We collected a lot of money for the foundation and it was the first act of #raceagainstcancer. I hope, that we can collect money at every race in the 24H SERIES. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank CREVENTIC, who helped us a lot and helped make this performance possible for us!”
Heading into the season finale at the Sebring International Raceway on 18-19-20 November, Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing heads the Overall TCE Teams’ standings, albeit by just eight points over AC Motorsport and a further two from TCX-class leader, CWS Engineering. Having picked up two of the team’s victories this year at Barcelona and Hungary, Autorama’s #112 TCR entry lies fourth overall in the TCE Teams’ standings.
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