Two-time class winner MRS GT-Racing is looking to extend its podium finishing streak at the Hankook 24H DUBAI with a two-car line-up for the 2023 edition.
Words – James Gent
Images – Petr Frýba
Multi-time Hankook 24H DUBAI class winner MRS GT-Racing confirms that driver seats are still available for the 18th edition of the event on 13-14-15 January.
MRS GT-Racing has been a regular competitor at the Hankook 24H DUBAI for more than a decade, and following a one-off hiatus in 2022, the German team has confirmed its event return for 2023 with a two-car line-up in the 992 class. As is commonplace, the team will reveal its driver line-up for both cars later in the year.
A recurrent frontrunner in the 992 class, MRS GT-Racing has enjoyed notable success at the Hankook 24H DUBAI since its event debut in 2011. After three years competing with a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the top tier A6 / A6-Pro category, MRS made the jump to the Porsche Cup-exclusive category for 2014. Despite a succession of ‘character-building’ races, success dutifully arrived in 2018 when MRS took two class podiums at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, finishing 2nd in-class in both 991-AM and SPX.
One year on, the German team took its first class win in Dubai – Franjo Kovac, Tomas Pekar, Thomas Tekaat, and Lestrup Racing Team owner Fredrik – securing GT4 honours in an MRS-entered BMW M4 GT4 – alongside two repeat runners-up spots in 991 and SPX once again (Christopher Zoechling even set the 991 class’ fastest race lap that year). At the rain-shortened Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2020, MRS continued its podium streak with its first win in the 991 class – courtesy of John Hartshorne, Jukka Honkavuori, Ollie Hancock, and Gosia Rdest, the fourth consecutive event podium for the latter – and the German team was on the category podium once again in 2021 after finishing 3rd.
In an amazing run of form, MRS GT-Racing has secured at least one podium finish every year it has competed at the Hankook 24H DUBAI since 2018, and will no doubt be looking to do the same upon its return in 2023.
On top of its Hankook 24H DUBAI record, the German team helped 2018 24H SERIES Drivers’ champions Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster secure their first series win at Mugello in 2016. A strong part-campaign led to 2nd in both the 991 Teams’ ‘European’ and ‘Continents’ standings in 2019, and, most recently, MRS GT-Racing took a GTX-class podium at the inaugural Hankook 24H SEBRING in 2021.
Drivers interested in competing with MRS GT-Racing can contact the team directly via Johan Koning or register online via 24hseries.com HERE.
The #989 and #990 Porsche GT3 Cup cars are thus set to compete with newly crowned 24H SERIES 992 Teams’ European champions Red Ant Racing (the Belgian team having also confirmed a two-car line-up for Dubai), fellow Hankook 24H DUBAI stalwart HRT Performance, which could contest the 2023 event with up to five cars in 992, and 2021 991 Teams’ champion Willi Motorsport by Ebimotors, which makes the jump to the 992 category with its new 992-generation Porsche Cup car.
Moreover, 2015 overall champion Duel Racing, also a former 991-class winner at the 2019 Hankook 24H DUBAI, is set to makes its 24H SERIES return in January in a collaborative entry with Toro Verde. Abu Dhabi’s RABDAN Motorsport, fresh from its series debut last year, is keen to take a strong result at its home event.