GT4 staple RHC Jorgensen/Strom, a former class winner in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, is set to debut its new BMW M4 GT3 at the 2022 Hankook 24H DUBAI, with plans in place to also compete at the Hankook 6H ABU DHABI one week later.
RHC Jorgensen/Strom is the second team to have confirmed a BMW M4 GT3 for next year’s season-opening Hankook 24H DUBAI, with the California-based outfit expected to take delivery of BMW M Motorsport’s new flagship model in late December.
Like fellow North American outfit ST Racing, RHC Jorgensen/Strom will step up to GT3-class competition in 2022 and has already registered its brand-new BMW M4 GT3 for the Hankook 24H DUBAI on 13-14-15 January and the Hankook 6H ABU DHABI one week later. Though finalized dates are unconfirmed, the M4 GT3 model is set to be delivered to the team in the United Arab Emirates in late December, thus giving RHC time for vital preparation and setup.
“We have placed an order for the M4 GT3 platform,” team owner Daren Jorgensen explained recently to Sportscar365. “It is unclear precisely when delivery is expected. Due to the hierarchy of teams that may be receiving the platform in the U.S, we proposed to BMW to take delivery in [the] UAE in December 2021. That has yet to be confirmed. If it gets confirmed, we would spend December 2021 testing at Dubai and then, fingers crossed, racing in January 2022.”
Should delays hinder the team’s planned M4 GT3 plans, RHC will have its tenured M4 GT4 on standby. The California-based team made a commanding 24H SERIES debut with the M4 GT4 at the Hankook 24H COTA USA in 2019, at which Jorgensen, Brett Strom, Gerard McLeod and Danny van Dongen took a GT4-class podium. Though the team’s Dubai debut ended abruptly after an on-track collision not of their making, Jorgensen, Strom van Dongen, and (aptly) ST Racing’s Jon Miller would go on to take the team’s first 24H SERIES class win at the Circuit of the Americas in 2019.
Prior to RHC’s debut with the M4 GT3 in Dubai, the team is expected to make its series return at the Hankook 24H BARCELONA on 3-4-5 September and has also shown an interest in competing at the COPPA FLORIO Hankook 12H Sicily on 1-2-3 October. RHC will also continue its long-standing working relationship with Century Motorsport, a former class winner whose last 24H SERIES outing ended with a double podium at the 2020 Hankook 24H DUBAI.
“Century Motorsport and Strom Motorsports will be supporting RHC in all races,” Jorgensen continues, “with a mixed crew based in the US, Germany and UK.”
In its maiden season, RHC Jorgensen/Strom’s new BMW M4 GT3 will primarily be run in Europe in the 24H SERIES, though Jorgensen has not dismissed other racing programs.
“For 2022 we would run the M4 GT3 primarily in Europe in the 24H SERIES. I don’t anticipate running the car in other series in 2022, though there may be opportunities as we learn the platform.”