Following confirmation that the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for Covid-19 Pandemic has begun “working with local authorities to resume all economic, tourism, cultural and entertainment activities in the emirate within two weeks”, CREVENTIC and management at the Yas Marina Circuit are confident the inaugural Hankook 6H ABU DHABI will go ahead as planned on 22-23 January.
Abu Dhabi has been among the most precautionary nations in the GCC to curb the spread of Covid-19, and the Committee has stated that health and safety measures, while set to be relaxed, will continue to be regulated moving forward. However, as evidenced by this weekend’s Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix being greenlit, the emirate will begin re-opening its borders to international travellers within the next 14 weeks. This marks a significant turning point for the Hankook 6H ABU DHABI, which is scheduled to take place in just under six weeks.
CREVENTIC’s second-ever official visit to the Yas Marina Circuit is the second scheduled event on the 2021 24H SERIES powered by Hankook calendar. While the Hankook 6H ABU DHABI will be not count towards the overall 24H SERIES championship, the Yas Marina Circuit’s new affiliation with CREVENTIC further strengthens the position of 24H SERIES powered by Hankook’s in the Middle East, the series’ ‘spiritual home’ since CREVENTIC’s very first endurance event back in 2006.
The Hankook 6H ABU DHABI will take place across two days, with qualifying scheduled for Friday 22 January and the race proper to be run uninterrupted on Saturday 23 January.
Gerrie Willems, CREVENTIC technical coordinator: “We’d like to thank the management team at the Yas Marina Circuit for their continued support of this joint venture, and would also like to congratulation the Government of Abu Dhabi for its tireless efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 throughout the emirate. The Hankook 6H ABU DHABI has received a lot of interest from our regular teams and drivers, and we’re very much looking forward to the first, of what we hope will be, many endurance events to come at one of the most illustrious Grand Prix venues in the world, the Yas Marina Circuit.”
Thus far, more than 20 teams have already signed up for the event with many more still showing an interest, most of whom will also compete at the Hankook 24H DUBAI one week earlier on 14-15-16 January at the Dubai Autodrome. With the last containers of cars and equipment not set to ship out until December 23, interested parties who have not signed up for the event can register their entries HERE.
A slightly revised class structure for the inaugural Hankook 6H ABU DHABI means competitors can register entries any of the below categories:
- GT Cars (all GT Cars up to GT2).
- GT3 and GTX (GTX: Special GT cars close to GT3 cars)
- Silhouette and Sports cars
- Porsche 991 Cup (gen I and II)
- GT4, TCR and Special Touring cars close to TCR
- All Touring cars (close to production, e.g. BMW 240I)
- Prototype cars: Production sports cars, FIA group CN cars
- Prototype cars according FIA Art. 277 Category II-SC