Ahead of round three of this year’s 24H SERIES, 14 teams, half of which are former and/or reigning champions in the 24H SERIES, have already confirmed at least one entry apiece for the five remaining rounds of the year.
Ahead of the second European round of this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, more than a dozen teams have already been confirmed for a full season of competition in 2021.
Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing, which secured the Overall TCE Teams’ championship for the second year in a row in 2020, is among the most eminent names to have signed up. Though team principal Stefan Tanner’s tenure in the 24H SERIES dates back to 2013, the collaboration between Autorama Motorsport and Adrian Wolf’s outfit only began at the 2019 Hankook 24H DUBAI. Impressively, the Swiss-German collaboration took victory first time out, and has now secured eight Overall TCE wins en-route to two championships with its fleet of Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DSGs.
Former Hankook 24H DUBAI winner, and 2017 24H SERIES Continents champion, Herberth Motorsport is among the most notable GT entrants thus far. A regular in the 24H SERIES since 2015 with more than a dozen overall wins to its name, the Bavarian team has competed regularly in the series with two, and sometimes three, Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, memorably locking out the overall GT podium at last year’s Hankook 12H MONZA. Team principals (and twin brothers) Robert and Alfred Renauer have confirmed that the #91 and #92 Porsches will complete the remainder of the season as Herberth Motorsport looks to successfully defend its GT3-PRO Teams’ championship.
CP Racing, the eponymous team of former 24H SERIES Overall Drivers’ champion Charles Putman, will compete with its Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo for the remainder of 2021. A regular on the 24H SERIES scene since 2014, Putman secured the Overall GT Drivers’ championship in both the Continental and European standings with Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster in 2018 before entering the Mercedes under his own name one year later. The trio took ‘CP Racing’s first category class win under its new nomenclature last year at Hockenheim, and will complete this season with American compatriot and former Daytona 24 Hours class winner, Shane Lewis.
Fellow 24H SERIES stalwart Car Collection Motorsport has formalized plans for at least one of its Audi R8 LMS Evo GT3 to complete the full season in 2021. Despite a troubled outing at Mugello, the former A6-class champion remains well in contention for GT3-AM honours after a double podium finish in Dubai and victory at the non-championship Hankook 6H ABU DHABI. Equipe Verschuur, polesitter both at the previous round in Mugello and twice more last year at Monza and Hockenheim, has also confirmed its Renault R.S.01 GT3 will contest the remaining five rounds on the 2021 calendar.
Canada’s ST Racing is undertaking its first full international endurance season in 2021. The eponymous squad of Samantha Tan made its 24H SERIES debut at the 2019 Hankook 24H COTA USA and finished an impressive 3rd in-class first time out. The Canadian outfit has since followed that up with GT4 class victory in Dubai earlier this year as well as a TG division win at the non-championship Hankook 6H ABU DHABI. The Canadian team now leads the GT division standings outright after claiming 2nd in-class in Mugello with its BMW M4 GT4.
Hot on ST Racing’s tail is Vortex V8. The French team has already secured two podium finishes in-class this year with its 1.0 lightweight sportscar and is just five points adrift in the GT division standings with five rounds remaining.
24H SERIES stalwart Speed Lover will hope to maintain its momentum into 2021 after a successful season last year. The former SPX-class champion took two category wins en-route to 991-class championship glory, and has already taken class victory in a one-off TCX outing this year at Mugello.
Belgian compatriot AC Motorsport meanwhile, which secured its first Overall TCE win in the 24H SERIES last year in Dubai, will field at least one Audi RS 3 LMS throughout season with team figurehead Stephane Perrin on driver detail. Former TCR SPA 500 winner Red Camel-Jordans.nl is sure to be among its most tenacious opponents in TCR.
After a one-year hiatus, CWS Engineering’s championship aspirations in 2021 have already begun in earnest. The former SP3-class champion holds a one-point advantage at the head of the TCE division courtesy of two runners-up spots in Dubai and Mugello for its Ginetta G55, with which Colin White’s British team will contest the remaining five rounds.
Bas Koeten Racing, a 24H SERIES regular since the very first Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2006, is sure to be among the TCR frontrunners for the remainder of the year. The Dutch stalwart collaborated with NKPP Racing at both the Hankook 24H DUBAI and the Hankook 12H MUGELLO, securing a 991-class win at the former and a TCR runners-up spot at the latter. Former CUP1 champion DUWO Racing, which started 2021 with 2nd in-class behind NKPP Racing in Dubai, will also see out the remainder of the season in 991.
Though it did not compete at this year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI, series debutant Rutronik Racing has confirmed it will complete the full season from here on with an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. The German squad, which most recently competed in the ADAC GT Masters, has also formalised its driver line-up, aligning Audi factory driver Pierre Kaffer with Swen Herberger, Michael Doppelmayr and Elia Erhart, the latter two of whom made their maiden 24H SERIES starts at last year’s COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily.
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