Our magazine for the Hankook 12H MUGELLO is now available for digital download. This month, we run through some of the main talking points for this year’s European season opener, discuss the stunning series debut of Haas RT with team principal Kris Dedoncker, and revisit not only the 24H SERIES debut of Bentley, but also the first win for series staple Speed Lover. All that and more in this month’s magazine.
With an inaugural – and successful! – Middle East Trophy now safely ensconced in the history books, and with international motorsport emerging, bleary-eyed from its winter hiatus, focus at CREVENTIC now turns to the start of another season of 24H SERIES powered by Hankook action in 2023. One that kicks off this weekend with the ninth edition of the Hankook 12H MUGELLO.
Over the years, few places have been more warmly received for the season opener than the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello. One of its biggest selling points after all – aside from its place amidst the stunning hills of Scarperia e San Piero, the glorious climate, and the enviable food and culture, to name but a few – is the fact that the 5.245km layout has gone pretty much unchanged since it first opened in 1974, one tweak at pit entry aside. Not only that, but having hosted CREVENTIC’s European season opener for seven of its eight appearances on the calendar, the Italian venue also boasts a surprisingly rich 24H SERIES heritage.
The inaugural event in 2014 for example marked the first time CREVENTIC’s endurance racing program had been held in Italy. Noise restrictions meant the event was the first to feature CREVENTIC’s now-conventional ‘overnight intervention’ in 2015. The 2016 edition featured both the first entry for a Formula 1 Grand Prix winner (Robert Kubica) and the first start away from the Nürburgring for charismatic independent, Glickenhaus. It was also, as we go into further detail later on in this issue, site of the first 24H SERIES race ever for a Bentley in 2022, and the event at which CREVENTIC stalwart Speed Lover took its first 24H SERIES class win in 2017.
Moreover, inaugural Overall GT Teams’ ‘Continents’ champion Herberth Motorsport also took its first win in the 24H SERIES – at its first attempt, no less – in Mugello in 2015. A topic we discuss with long-time teammates Alfred Renauer and Daniel Allemann as they look back on their first 50 races with CREVENTIC.
Fear not though, dear reader, we do set the rose-tinted glasses aside for much of this issue to consider some of the biggest talking points heading into both the 2023 Hankook 12H MUGELLO and our European season, and we also take a deep dive on McLaren’s awesome 720S GT3 courtesy of British debutant, 7TSIX. radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley is taking another look Behind Garage Doors this month, and we also sit down with Haas RT team manager Kris Dedonker to discuss a remarkable debut for the Antigua-Belgian team in Dubai, and their prospects for the season ahead.
There’s also the small matter of a 12-hour endurance race to complete this weekend, and, as always, we’d like to thank all of our competitors, partners and sponsors, as well as management at the Autodromo, everyone in race control and the marshals posts at the circuit, and our fans around the world for their constant support. If the previous eight editions are anything to go by, the Hankook 12H MUGELLO may well have surprises in store in 2023.