Hankook 24H Dubai endurance race - the second largest 24H race grid in the world takes place at the Dubai Autodrome from January 9 - 11.
Dubai Autodrome, Dubai
09 January 2020, 12:00 AM
11 January 2020, 12:00 AM
The Hankook 24H DUBAI hardly needs any further introduction. The fascinating world of Dubai is a great backdrop for a thrilling endurance race at Dubai Autodrome, considered as a real challenge by all drivers, from ambitious amateurs to seasoned stalwarts.
First held in 2006 at the 5.39 km Dubai Autodrome, the 24-hour event was the original official endurance race organised by Creventic, and quickly established itself as a trendsetter. So successful was the 2006 running in fact that the 24H Dubai remains among the most popular and celebrated motor racing events in the UAE every year, with grid sizes often nosing above 80-strong for the 24H Series headliner.
Dutch agency CREVENTIC- organiser and promoter of the race, is taking care of all the logistical aspects involved with participation in the race in Dubai. They are organising two series for 2020. The 24H SERIES EUROPE and the 24H SERIES CONTINENTS, both powered by Hankook. For the European series, teams and drivers must participate in a minimum of 2 races to be eligible to score points. The best four results of the season will be taken into account. The calendar of the 24H SERIES CONTINENTS includes the 24-hour races in Dubai, Barcelona and at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Teams and drivers must participate in all three rounds to be eligible for points.
In the 14 events to-date, 49 drivers representing 10 different teams have claimed outright victory; while upwards of 30 different global manufacturers have been represented on the grid.
The competition is really unpredictable as only nine drivers have taken repeat overall victories at an event that has seen luminaries like Formula 1 alumni Robert Kubica, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jan Magnussen and Mika Salo, former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff, former Le Mans winners Brendon Hartley and Hans Stuck, and even Mercedes-AMG F1 team principal Toto Wolff compete, and occasionally win.
The Hankook 24H Dubai is oft-lauded for its relaxed, family-like atmosphere in the paddock (open to fans and competitors alike throughout the extended weekend in early January) and the level of competition across mixed categories.