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Ready to race: 3rd edition 12H of Hungary on Saturday! GENNEP (October 4th, 2010) Teams and drivers from some 20 countries are assembling at the Hungaroring this week to take on the third edition of the 12H of Hungary, a round-the-clock...

Ready to race: 3rd edition 12H of Hungary on Saturday!

GENNEP (October 4th, 2010) Teams and drivers from some 20 countries are assembling at the Hungaroring this week to take on the third edition of the 12H of Hungary, a round-the-clock endurance race for GTs, touring cars and 24H specials. The race at the scenic Grand Prix circuit will get underway on Saturday, October 9th at 10.00 h and will finish exactly twelve hours later. A total of 30 teams have entered for the two-day event that also includes various practice sessions on Friday.

Like in previous years, the 12H of Hungary is being organised by Dutch agency, CREVENTIC. "Just like our annual 24-hour race in Dubai, the event in Hungary has become firmly established on the international motor racing calendar", says Gerrie Willems on behalf of CREVENTIC. "Some of the teams are considering the Hungaroring race as an ideal way to prepare for Dubai, whereas others are focussing on the event in Hungary. We are really looking forward to this weekend's race at the Hungaroring. The weather forecast looks quite nice and the race could become very interesting, not only at the front end of the field, but also in the less powerful categories."

Huge interest from Hungary

It doesn't come as a surprise that there is huge interest from the Hungarian motorsport community for the endurance race at their own national circuit. Seven Hungarian teams have signed up for the race. Based upon the performance seen in previous years, the Bovi Motorsport-entered Brokernet Silversting is the most likely Hungarian entry for a top overall result. The BMW Hungary team has recently-crowned SEAT Leon Eurocup champion Gábor Wéber in its line-up.

The 12H of Hungary will also see Porsche 997 Cup cars competing in their own category for the first time. One of the drivers in this class is WTCC regular Tom Coronel. Next to the top classes, with some ten cars expected to battle it out for overall victory, interesting racing is also expected in the A2 class for powerful compact cars, the A3T category for cars with turbocharged engines and the D2 diesel category. Entries in the SP2 class include such spectacular machines as the Saker Sportscar GT, Ford Mustang and the Audi R8.

Two days full of track action

On Friday, October 8th, teams and drivers can familiarise themselves with the track during the traditional 'rent a car rides' from 11.30 till 12.45 h. Free practice will take place from 15.00 till 16.45 h, followed by qualifying from 17.15 till 18.45 h. In the evening, there is an additional free practice session from 19.30 till 21.30 h. On Saturday, warm-up is scheduled from 8.00 till 8.30 h while the race starts at 10.00 h and ends at 22.00 h. For those who like classic cars, the Hungaroring is well worth a visit, too, with two regularity runs of 30 minutes each scheduled on Friday at 10.00 h and 13.00 h. All the action from the 12H of Hungary can be followed by the regular news updates and webcam footage at live.24hseries.com while Topspeed TV (topspeedtv.eu) also provides coverage.

-source: 24hseries.com

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