24hr: Barcelona endurance race boasts impressive grid including Dubai based SVDP Racing
GENNEP (August 20th, 2013) – In a little bit more than two weeks, race teams from all over the world will gather at the Circuit de Catalunya, famous as the venue of the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, for the 24H BARCELONA. The international profile of the event has rapidly increased in the last few years and this results into a field with drivers from 27 different countries and teams with 14 different nationalities for this year’s race. A total of 64 teams on the provisional entry list with a wide variety of GTs, touring cars and 24H specials is a guarantee for an action-packed race.
For many years, the 24H BARCELONA was mainly a national affair with touring cars and one-make series machinery. Then, for 2011, the Spanish organisers of the Circuit de Catalunya and the Catalan automobile club RACC joined forces with Dutch agency CREVENTIC, already well-known as the inventors and promoters of endurance events like the Dunlop 24H DUBAI and the Dunlop 12H HUNGARY. GT cars were also admitted for the first time in 2011 and these factors helped to increase the popularity of the event. “For us, the 24H BARCELONA fitted nicely into our portfolio, along with our other races in Dubai and Hungary, while we were able to help the Spanish organisers to attract more teams from outside of Spain,” says Gerrie Willems on behalf of CREVENTIC. “Development of the race is similar to what we have seen in Dubai, an event that now has become firmly established on the international motor racing calendar. There is no doubt that the 24H BARCELONA will go the same way.”
The concept with various classes, familiar from the races in Dubai and Hungary, is also in force for the 24H BARCELONA. The A6 class caters for GT3 machinery, with an Aston Martin Vantage, a Ferrari F430 GT3 Scuderia, a Ferrari 458 GT3, a Porsche 911 GT3 R and three Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 currently registered. There are special classes for Porsche 997 and 996 Cup cars while the SP2 and SP3 classes are open for GT4-spec cars, silhouette cars and other spectacular sportscars. The classes A2, A3T, A4 and A5 are designated for touring cars with petrol engines. Diesel-powered cars can compete in the D1 or D2 diesel classes.
“Next to a wide range of European teams, we have teams from as far as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates in the race, and drivers coming from all over the world: Japan, South-Africa, Malaysia, the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, you name it,” says Gerrie Willems. “As a new feature for this year, all cars will have a driver-ID-transponder, making it easy to identify who is behind the wheel of each car at any time.
We will also have a live website with various features like video footage, live timing and latest news while regular updates and photos will also be published on Facebook and Twitter. There is also plenty of interest from Spanish and international media for the race.”
Track action at the Circuit de Catalunya starts on Friday, September 6th, with free practice from 16.30 to 17.15 hrs, followed by qualifying from 17.45 to 19.45 hrs and night practice from 21.00 to 23.00 hrs. The 24-hour race starts on Saturday, September 7th, at 12.00 hrs.