Ninth running of the Dubai 24H set for this weekend
Variety is the name of the game for entries this year.
DUBAI (January 7th, 2014) – Containers with cars and equipment have arrived at Dubai Autodrome and most of the team members and drivers are also arriving for the ninth running of the Dunlop 24H DUBAI. This week, from January 9th till 11th, Dubai Autodrome will again be hosting the first international endurance race of the new year for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials. With teams from 18 countries and drivers with 40 different nationalities, there is plenty of international atmosphere for the event, organised by Dutch agency CREVENTIC in co-operation with the DNRT (Dutch National Racing Team) and Dubai Autodrome.
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The Swiss FACH Auto Tech team, that won the A6 amateur class last year, is back with a pair of Porsche 997 GT3 R cars, one of them with Porsche junior driver Connor de Philippi on board. Crubilé Sport, Stadler Motorsport and Attempto Racing are also running GT3-Porsches, including Porsche junior driver Alex Riberas in one of the two Attempto cars. Ferrari’s colours are represented by Spirit of Race, Ram Racing, Race Alliance, Visiom, Dragon Racing and GT Corse. Hong Kong-based team, Craft Racing AMR, is running a pair of Aston Martins while AF Racing International from Belgium and rhino’s Leipert Motorsport from Germany are both competing with Lamborghini Gallardo. British Team LNT has brought a Ginetta G55 GT3 while American power is coming from Dutch teams V8 Racing and Manor MP Motorsport with a Chevrolet Corvette C6-R and a Dodge Viper respectively.
No less than eleven cars have been entered for the Porsche Cup class. German team, MRS GT Racing, is running a 991 Cup car with four times’ Porsche Supercup champion, Patrick Huisman, as one of its drivers. The other teams, GDL Racing from Italy, Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport from Poland, German outfits Black Falcon and Car Collection, Belgian team Speedlover, Motorsport Services/STR from Australia and Team Parker Racing Ltd. from the UK, are all running 997 Cup cars.
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The SEAT Leon Supercopa car is the machine of choice in class A3T with entries from New Zealand-based team Motorsport Services, Lebanon’s Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing, Pfister Racing from Germany, the Austrian Prefa Racing Team and Grove & Dean Motorsport from the UK. They are facing opposition from Polish team, Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport with a Volkswagen Golf TDI and last year’s class winners, the Racingdivas Team Schubert with an all-female line up of five Dutch lady racers. The A2 class has some more variety with five Renault Clios (AD Racing/K-Rejser from Denmark, Speedlover from Belgium, APO Sport from the UK and Modena Motorsports from Hong Kong), two Hondas (Lap 57 from the UAE and Belgian team, VDS Racing Adventures), one Mini John Cooper Works Endurance (Racing 4 Friends from Germany) and one Suzuki Swift (QMMF from Qatar). And last but not least, the D1 diesel class includes a SEAT Leon TDI (Red Camel-Jordans.nl from The Netherlands), one Volkswagen Golf TDI (KPM Racing from the UK) and three BMW 120D (SVDP Racing from the UAE, Recy Racing Team from Belgium and Cor Euser Racing from The Netherlands).
Track action starts on Wednesday, January 8th, with the traditional rent-a-car rides, followed by an optional private test in the afternoon from 13.00 till 17.00 hrs. The Welcome Party is held in the paddock on Wednesday evening from 18.00 till 21.00 hrs. There are two free practice sessions on Thursday, January 9th (11.30 till 12.15 hrs and 13.15 till 14.45 hrs), followed by qualifying in three sessions (15.00 till 16.00 hrs for all classes, 16.15 till 16.45 hrs for classes A1 to A5, D1 and D2, A3T and SP3, 17.00 till 17.30 hrs for classes A5, SP2 and 997) and night practice from 18.00 till 20.00 hrs. On Friday, January 10th, there is a warm-up session from 10.30 till 11.00 hrs while the race gets underway at 14.00 hrs and ends at the same time on Saturday, January 11th (all times local in the UAE, CET three hours earlier).
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