An Overall TCE Teams’ champion in the 24H SERIES in 2019 and 2020, Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing is now looking to enter a GT3 car at the Hankook 24H DUBAI and Hankook 6H ABU DHABI in January.
Reigning Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing has confirmed plans to run an Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the upcoming Hankook 24H DUBAI and non-championship 6H ABU DHABI.
Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing has enjoyed two sensationally successful seasons in the 24H SERIES, taking TCR wins in Dubai, Mugello, Brno and Portimão in 2019 to secure the Overall TCE Teams’ championships in both the ‘Europe’ and ‘Continents’ standings. Following wins at Portimão (again), the Hockenheimring and Sicily in 2020, the Swiss/German team has already successfully defended its 24H SERIES Europe crown, and goes into next week’s Hankook 12H MUGELLO in contention for the Continents title as well.
On top of this success, team protégé Miklas Born has also secured both the Junior Cup and the Overall TCE Drivers’ crown in the European ranks in his maiden season of car racing.
Now, team principal Stefan Tanner has confirmed that Autorama Motorsport is looking to compete in the GT division of next year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI and non-championship Hankook 6H ABU DHABI in addition to its TCE entry. This would mark the first time that Autorama Motorsport has competed in anything other than TCE in the 24H SERIES, including its previous tenure as presenza.eu Racing Team Clio.
Entering an Audi R8 LMS GT3 would also further Autorama Motorsport’s successful collaboration with the Volkswagen Group in Switzerland, the team having competed with multiple Volkswagen Golf GTis since 2019.
“We started our race team as a new project within Autorama two years ago, and to be honest we didn't expect to be that successful straight away, even though we are a group of people with a lot of experience in the business!” Stefan explained to CREVENTIC. “Now the goal is to offer more possibilities to our drivers and customers, but also to have a bit of a new challenge for ourselves in 2021.”
With only one car planned for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a maximum of five drivers will be eligible for each event in Autorama’s GT3 hot seat. Stefan has also confirmed that the team’s TCR program with Wolf-Power Racing will continue as normal in Dubai, with additional support being provided for the GT3 entry in Dubai.
“Our priority was to run the Golf GTI TCRs and we will continue to run them, but of course we always thought about entering the GT division [at some point] as well. The TCR and GT cars will be run by two separate divisions of the team. We have enough manpower and will partner with experienced people in GT3, just as we did in the TCR class with Wolf-Power Racing.
“[Dubai] is the first race of 2021, and we had more and more drivers showing a desire to step up to the GT3 category. We are aware that GT3 is more complex, but I think we have shown for a while now that we know how to prepare ourselves properly.”
News of the team’s planned GT3 entry for Dubai, at which Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing took TCE victory in 2019, was posted alongside an image of a digital Audi R8 LMS GT3 in Autorama Motorsport colours on social media. It has not yet been confirmed though whether the team will run this particular GT3 machine, Stefan explaining that other options are available.
“We have several options which GT3 car to run, not just the Audi R8. In any case we work with teams that have enough experience with different cars being considered, especially for endurance. We as Autorama will make sure we provide experienced drivers and that our strategy team will be involved, which has been one of our strengths in the past years.”
Further details regarding the Autorama Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 are available at ‘Driver / Ride Board’ on 24hseries.com HERE and via Stefan Tanner directly on 0041794496369.