Following the great success of the inaugural season with championship points and titles, the success of the Series looks set to continue in 2016.
Gennep – In one month, the eleventh running of the Hankook 24H Dubai (January 14-16, 2016) will mark the start of the 2016 season for the 24H Series powered by Hankook. During its most recent meeting in Paris, the FIA World Motorsport Council approved the 2016 calendar and once again granted full international Series status for the 24H Series powered by Hankook. Following the great success of the inaugural season with championship points and titles, the success of the Series looks set to continue in 2016. So far, almost 400 entries have already been received for participation in one of the seven rounds in 2016, including the capacity grid with 100 competing teams in Dubai next month.
Applications for entries for the races are coming in on a daily basis,
After the season-opener at Dubai Autodrome, the 24H Series powered by Hankook returns to Europe for round 2, the Hankook 12H Italy-Mugello (March 18-19) at the challenging circuit in the beautiful surroundings of Tuscany. The world-famous Silverstone Circuit, also known as ‘The Home of British Motor Racing’, will host the inaugural Hankook 24H Silverstone – European Touring Car Edition (April 1-3). As the title indicates, participation in this race is open for touring cars only, but drivers from all categories are eligible to score drivers’ points for the 24H Series powered by Hankook. One month later, it is back across the North Sea as the action continues in The Netherlands with the third running of the Hankook 12H Zandvoort (May 6-7).
Following the success of this year’s inaugural event, the beautiful Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France is back on the calendar for the Hankook 24H Paul Ricard (July 15-17). After the summer break, the Hankook 24H Barcelona (September 2-4) at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya is the penultimate round of the Series. The 2016 season will be concluded with the Hankook 12H Epilog Brno at Automotodrom Brno (October 14-15). The round at Brno has been postponed by one week compared to the originally scheduled date, to avoid clashes with other events in Europe.
“Applications for entries for the races are coming in on a daily basis,” says Natasha Mark on behalf of Creventic, the Dutch agency that is the promoter and organiser of the 24H Series powered by Hankook in co-operation with the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT). “For Dubai, we had to put some teams on the waiting list and it is clear that teams are now acting quickly to avoid such disappointment for the other rounds. For Silverstone, for instance, we already have almost 70 pre-registrations, but there is also plenty of interest for our rounds in Italy, in The Netherlands, in France, in Spain and in the Czech Republic, even though that one is still almost ten months away. Of course, entries are still open and grid slots are available for every round except Dubai. Teams can either submit a full-season entry at a discounted rate, or opt for entries for each round individually.”
As no endurance race is complete without the sound of experts like John Hindhaugh, Jim Roller, Graham Goodwin and their colleagues, the expert commentary team from Radiolemans.com will be on site again for every round of the 2016 season. Live coverage of the entire Series is planned on Motors TV. Live streaming in HD quality will be available for every round on the Series’ website.