Following the first 24H SERIES Europe race of the year two weeks ago in Portugal, CREVENTIC and its competitors are gearing up for their first collaborative race together at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on 10-11 July.
More than 25 cars are already confirmed for the inaugural Hankook 12H MONZA, the second round of this year’s delayed 24H SERIES Europe and the first time in CREVENTIC’s 14-year history that the Dutch-based endurance motor racing championship has hosted an official event at the vaunted temple of speed.
In the wake of Covid-19, the health and safety of our competitors and all track-side personnel remains a top priority heading into next month’s Hankook 12H MONZA. Following the successful trial, all protocols practiced in Portugal will once again be regulated at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza as look to go racing, safely, once again in 2020.
Herberth Motorsport enters its first three-car line-up since last year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA for Monza. Team stalwarts Daniel Allemann and Ralf Bohn are set to race once again alongside Herberth principal Robert Renauer in the #91 Porsche, while Steffen Görig and Stefan Aust have been earmarked for the sister #93 991 GT3 R.
Herberth, which sealed the inaugural 24H SERIES Continents GT Teams’ champion in 2017, last year secured the ‘A6-Am’ Teams’ championship in the 24H SERIES Europe and started its title defence in successful fashion with a 1-2 finish two weeks ago in Portimão. Tim Müller, Jürgen Häring, Taki Konstantinou and Marco Seefried renew their Portimão-winning driver line-up in the #92 entry.
After a one-race hiatus, reigning 24H SERIES Continents A6 Teams’ champion Car Collection Motorsport returns to action with its traditional two-car entry in Monza. The German squad sealed its crown with A6-Am-class victory at last year’s season-closing Hankook 24 COTA USA with the #34 Audi R8 LMS, which is set to be piloted by Johannes Dr. Kirchoff, Elmar Grimm and two-time GT Junior Cup winner, Max Edelhoff. The sister #88 entry meanwhile, which took the German team’s first outright win at the Hankook 24H DUBAI last year, thus far has Horst Felbermayr Jr. down to drive.
CP Racing, which took both the 24H SERIES Europe and Continents GT crowns in 2018 (then under the PROsport Performance banner), returns to 24H SERIES action in Monza with a brand new Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo. Former series drivers’ champions Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster will once team with compatriot Shane Lewis.
MP Racing (#58) – nope, not Dutch entrant MP Motorsport which took GT3-AM class victory in Dubai – will fittingly make its 24H SERIES debut on home turf at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Gostner family members, and long-time Ferrari Corse Clienti racers, Thomas, David, Manuela and Corinna will team with former 24 Hours of Le Mans contender Giorgio Sernagiotto at the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 2020.
Equipe Verschuur (#9, Mike Verschuur / Harrie Kolen / Erik van Loon) is set to return to the 24H SERIES for the first time since last year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA. No doubt the Dutch team will be hoping for a more successful race than it endured in Barcelona, at which its Renault RS01 GT3 completed just 21 laps after myriad drivetrain problems.
Series stalwart Speed Lover, a two-time class winner during last year’s 24H SERIES Europe, will also compete at Monza having registered two cars in the ‘991’ class. Dominique Bastien and Gavin Pickering are set to team in the #978 Porsche, while Olivier Dons, Eric Mouez and Rolf Richard will team together in the sister #979 911-II Cup.
In its first start since the 2018 Hankook 12H IMOLA, Allied Racing has confirmed a ‘991’ entry at Monza (#907). Fittingly, on its last 24H SERIES race start, the German team took ‘GT4’ class victory, and will contest the same class with a sister Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR (#407).
The GTX category currently features entries from two 24H SERIES class regulars. JR Motorsport (#703), which last year took ‘SPX’ victory at the Hankook 12H SPA, enters its tenured BMW M3 F80, while KTM customer Reiter Engineering (#746, Stefan Rosina / Laura Kraihamer / Eike Angermayr) makes its first race start since Spa-Francorchamps last year with a GTX Concept.
Close to a dozen TCR cars have already been confirmed for the inaugural Hankook 12H MONZA. After a brief hiatus, Bas Koeten’s eponymous outfit, a regular in the 24H SERIES since the first race in Dubai in 2006, will enter a CUPRA TCR for Harry Hilders and Gijs Bessem (#175). Long-time affiliate TOPCAR Sport (#131), with which Bas Koeten Racing took outright TCE victory at last year’s Hankook 24H BARCELONA, will also represent the Spanish marque with Karen Gaillard and reigning 24H SERIES Europe Overall TCE Drivers’ champion Fabian Danz.
BBR (#107, Kantadhee Kusiri / Kantasak Kusiri / Anusorn Asiralertsiri / Munkong Sathienthirakul / Chariya Nuya), a former TCR class champion in the 24H SERIES under the Monlau Competición moniker, got its season off to a solid start with 5th in-class in Dubai. The final CUPRA entrant thus far is for Red Camel-Jordans.nl (#101). Last year’s TCR SPA 500 winner, which also secured TCR class victory in Spa-Francorchamps and the Circuit of the Americas, will team father-son duo Ivo and Luc Breukers together at Monza.
Almost certain to be among the front-runners in Monza will be Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing. The Swiss/German collaboration not only took TCR victory last time out in Portimão but also clinched the Overall TCE Teams’ championship in both the 24H SERIES Europe and Continents after winning four of the seven rounds held last year. Autorama / Wolf-Power will once again enter two Volkswagen Golf GTIs, one for Sandro Pelatti, Alberto Vescovi and Roberto Ferri (#1), another for Miklas Born and Constantin Kletzer (#112).
Having made a winning start to its season in Dubai, AC Motorsport (#188, Stéphane Perrin / Vincent Radermecker) will also hope to replicate its podium from Portimão in Monza. Finally, Brutal Fish by KCMG (#122, Martin Ryba / Daniel Lloyd / Josep Oriola Vila), a class contender in the early stages of this year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI in the early stages, has thus far entered the field’s only ‘FK7’ spec Honda Civic Type-R.
On top of our confirmed entries, upwards of a dozen others teams have also registered an interest in competing at the Hankook 12H MONZA. Entries are still being accepted.