Dubai: The race is on: the 2017 season starts with Hankook 3x3H DUBAI and Hankook 24H DUBAI

Dubai: The race is on: the 2017 season starts with Hankook 3x3H DUBAI and Hankook 24H DUBAI

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DUBAI (5 January, 2017) – The 2017 motor racing season gets underway at Dubai Autodrome with the inaugural Hankook 3x3H DUBAI for prototypes (10-11 January) and the Hankook 24H DUBAI (12-14 January) as the season opener of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. “Just after Christmas, the containers with the cars and equipment have arrived in Dubai and they will be delivered in time to Dubai Autodrome for the teams to set up for race week. Anticipation is rising by the day, we just can’t wait for the action to start,” says Natasha Mark on behalf of CREVENTIC. The Dutch agency is the promoter and organiser of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in co-operation with the DNRT (Dutch National Racing Team). “This year’s event will be special as we will be organising a race for prototypes for the first time as well. Moreover, the new-for-2017 TCR Middle East will feature as an official support class to the Hankook 24H DUBAI, which again underlines the great co-operation between CREVENTIC and the TCR organisation.”

The Hankook 3x3H DUBAI, a triple-header of three-hour races for prototypes, marks CREVENTIC’s first-ever race for this type of race cars. The provisional entry list includes 18 cars: two in the P3 class, seven in the CN class, one in the PX category and eight in the G57 class. Famous outfits such as Graff Racing, IDEC Sport Racing, Avelon Formula, GDL Racing Middle East, Krafft Racing, and Kox Racing will be competing in the P3 or CN classes with prototype brands Norma, Radical, Ligier, and Wolf. The G57 class is a predominantly British affair, with Simpson Motorsport, Century Motorsport, HHC Racing, Optimum Motorsport, and CWS all present with one or more Ginetta G57s, plus entries from Atech-DXB from the United Arab Emirates, Graff Racing from France. Dutch team V8 Racing is running the Renault R.S. 01 in the PX class. Prototype action at Dubai Autodrome starts on Tuesday, 10 January, with two free practice sessions from 9.00 till 10.00 and 10.30 till 11.30 hrs, followed by qualifying from 12.00 till 13.00 hrs and the first race from 14.00 till 17.00 hrs. A night practice is scheduled from 18.00 till 19.30 hrs. The second race takes place on Wednesday, 11 January, from 9.00 till 12.00 hrs, the third race runs from 16.00 till 19.00 hrs.


 

ENTRY LIST HANKOOK 3×3 DUBAI
ENTRY LIST HANKOOK 24H DUBAI
TIME SCHEDULE 2017


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No less than 99 cars entered for Hankook 24H DUBAI
The provisional entry list for the Hankook 24H DUBAI includes no less than 99 cars. The A6 class is the biggest one with 25 entries, including reigning 24H SERIES team champions, Hofor Racing, taking on its first race with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. Further AMG GT3s are expected from Black Falcon, including local hero Khaled Al Qubaisi and Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, SPS automotive performance, IDEC Sport Racing and HTP Motorsport, with five times’ DTM champion Bernd Schneider among the drivers. Gravity Racing International will be running its proven Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

Last year’s Dubai race winners, Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, will be back with a pair of Audi R8 LMSs, with a line-up that includes reigning Blancpain GT Series Sprint champion Enzo Ide and three times’ Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler. Optimum Motorsport and Car Collection Motorsport will be running R8s as well. American racing power can be expected from V8 Racing with a Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 and Eurotrac by Bas Koeten’s Dodge Viper CC. UAE-based team GP Extreme will be running a pair of Renault R.S. 01 with a line-up that includes single-seater hotshoes Louis Deletraz and Jean-Eric Vergne. Porsche is represented by Forch Racing powered by Olimp, including works-driver Wolf Henzler, Attempto Racing, former Dubai race winners IMSA Performance, Herberth Motorsport and Manthey Racing including works driver Sven Müller. Lamborghini teams participating in the race are Konrad Motorsport and GRT Grasser Racing Team.

The SPX class includes three Lamborghinis, a pair of Vortex silhouet cars, and a Porsche 991 Cup MR car. The Porsche 991 Cup class includes twelve entries from nine different teams, including former overall 24H SERIES team champions Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing that has made the switch from the TCR touring car class. There are seven entries in the SP2 class, with two Porsches, a MARC Focus V8, an Audi TTRS, a KTM X-BOW, a Vortex and the Bovi Motorsport Brokernet Silver Sting, the Hungarian team making its 24H SERIES comeback after an absence of several years.

Fierce competition is also expected in the SP3-GT4 class, with no less than 20 cars representing Porsche (ten Porsche Caymans have been entered), Lotus, BMW, Nissan, Ginetta and KTM. Especially the competition debut of the new BMW M4 GT4, run by German outfit, Schubert Motorsport, is eagerly awaited. The TCR class has seven cars as four SEAT Leon TCRs are up against the brand-new Audi RS3 LMS, making its world competition debut in Dubai, and a Honda Civic run by UAE-based team Lap57 Motorsports. The A3 class includes eight cars from BMW, Honda, SEAT, Lotus, and Peugeot. Six BMW M235i Racing Cup cars will be competing for CUP1 class honours, while eight cars from Honda, Renault, and Peugeot have been entered in the A2 class.

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Following the traditional rent-a-car rides and optional private tests on Wednesday and Thursday, teams and drivers from the Hankook 24H DUBAI will take to the track for free practice on Thursday, 12 January, split up into three heats: classes D1, A2, A3, CUP1, TCR and SP3-GT4 from 12.15 till 12.45 hrs, classes A6, SPX, SP2, 991 and 997 from 13.00 till 13.30 hrs and all classes from 13.30 till 15.25 hrs. Qualifying runs in two heats, with classes D1, A2, A3, CUP1, TCR and SP3-GT4 from 16.30 till 17.00 hrs and classes A6, SPX, SP2, 991 and 997 from 17.15 till 17.45 hrs. Night practice runs from 18.00 till 20.00 hrs. There is a warm-up on Friday, 13 January, from 10.00 till 10.30 hrs. Pre-race ceremonies get underway at 12.45 hrs, the race starts at 14.00 hrs. A prize-giving ceremony for the overall classification and all classes will follow approx. 15 minutes after the finish of the race.

On Friday morning, the new TCR Middle East series, a new sprint race series in the Gulf region, will have two races of 60 kilometres each at Dubai Autodrome. TCR Middle East action starts on Thursday, 12 January, with two free practice sessions from 9.00 till 9.30 hrs and from 11.30 till 12.00 hrs, followed by qualifying from 15.40 till 16.15 hrs. The races are scheduled on Friday from 9.00 till 9.30 and from 11.00 till 11.30 hrs, with the warm-up for the Hankook 24H DUBAI in between.

As usual, Hankook will provide the tyres for the Hankook 3x3H DUBAI and the Hankook 24H DUBAI. SPAA05 is providing the LED displays showing the race positions of the cars. BRM, Stand21, DRD International, Speedcom, Global Crave and Racing Sportiva will be present with sales booths in the paddock. The Hankook 24H DUBAI, the Hankook 3x3H DUBAI and the TCR Middle East will have live streaming in HD quality and commentary by Radiolemans.com. Regular updates will be available on Facebook (24H Series), Twitter (@24HSeries) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com.

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51 minutes ago

MotoGP

What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Yer was so lucky. Sucks miller lost in the hole shot after qualifying strong

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

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Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

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I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Ducati is a weak bike, crash and burn 😜😆😆😆

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Fucking rins lost grip and Fabio has to drop throttle and did a high side

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Such a bad luck for Dovi 🤷🏻‍♂️

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Both walking away? Dovi was on the brancard and in the hospital.

Arrêtez vos titres racoleurs... Y a rien de dramatique... L'accident de Marco Simoncelli ...ça c'est dramatique ,pas 2 mecs qui se pèlent et qui se relèvent tant bien que mal, c'est chiant c'est douloureux c'est désolant pour leur championnat mais pas dramatique...

Fabio was unlucky. not his fault anyway. Rins had a moment of sliding and Fabio have to react and ended up this way. Hope Dovi is okay.

Rins had a moment of sliding..Fabio goes hard on the brake to avoid Rins and cause him to slide and crashed. Dovi just had nowhere to avoid that. Was unlucky.

Get well soon Fabio and yellow fans hero in Austria (Andrea Dovizioso).

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1 hr ago

MotoGP

"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Here his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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#MAESTRO 🔥👌❤ WELL DONE RINS

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

Well done mate a great ride.

Great rider coming up 👌

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!

Congratulations

Congrats Alex!!

Please tell him Marquez is still not a legend yet.

Wake me up when u winning the championship

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Muy bueno #Rins42👍

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.

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Love this guy so honest not like MM93

Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

EPIC EPIC EPIC RACE TO WATCH ! WELL DONE ALEX !

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

What an honest guy. It must feel great to defeat two of the greatest legends the MotoGP has to offer

Masa I follow markes td,I rasa motor dia tak la laju mane pun..sebab lepas potong rossi terus I cucuk angin motor dia..hahaha

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14 hrs ago

F1

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

My pick is Red Bull and Honda. They were a distant third, and they showed that careful hard work done with purpose makes progress. They’re certainly not outspending Ferrari, but managed to leapfrog them with smarter and more effective development

Red Bull. They were in solid 3rd place in Australia till Austria. Completely missed the mark with the new front wings but completely turned it around. And of course Honda. Every "expert" on here "knew" better than Red Bull, and here they are, all stuck with feet in their mouths.

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19 hrs ago

F1

The crash 💥 The surprise 😱 The battle ⚔️

Spa treated us to a scintillating race last season ⚡️
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I can't wait for next weekend. Spa always produces some awesome action

That Vettel move was such a good sign and made so much hope for the title in 2018, but then horror began and continued until today 😞 I hope that Vettel will win at least one of the next two races, maybe the last chances this year

The circuit spa is amazing..

Leclerc was lucky with the halo there. Things could have ended very badly.. Also, the 4 car moment at the end of the first sector was amazing👌

I was there with my sons. Last years

Counting the days and hours for the arrival of the weekend. It is impressive, the spectacles provided in this SPA GP!

I remember this race.The best thing was Ocon almost overtook Vettal overtaking Hamilton. Ocon has to sit in the Mercedes at some point in the future.

What a race! Hoping for the same again next week 👍

Was that the very last time Vettel won a race? Wow an entire year has gone by.

Going to be interesting this year, couple nice long almost straights that Ferrari can hopefully lay down the power, those midrange corners that Red Bull look so comfortable going through at high speed, than the tighter sections that Mercedes just seems to find seconds on other cars, needless to say either Ferrari or Red Bull let the Mercedes go and that’s race over, but Charles or Max get in front of Lewis it’s going to be a great race

I have a feeling that the Ferraris will do it again. We will not hear the name verstappen so much this weekend.

Lets see next week if merc and redbull will match the straigth line speed of ferrari. Cant wait the qualifying and race on sunday.

Was a good race, hoping this yr will be just as good

I wanna know what LeClerc's thoughts process was as a McLaren flies over the top of him 😂

Clamoroso come Charlie Whiting aspettò che Vettel superasse Hamilton per dare il via alla Safety Car

Beyoncé would be proud of the Halo!

So the halo works。。👍🏼👍🏼

People cry about the halo but Charles had luck to have it.

What an overtake from Ferrari that was ...I missed the 2018's Ferrari ....not this SP90

This Race showed why the Halo Makes completly sense. Leclercs carrer could have Ended Right there

That's also why "even" Perez is a better racer than Ocon. My opinion. Look at the drag race after Eau Rouge coming up to Le Combes

Waited until Seb past Hamilton to safety car the race...who remembers this🤦🏾‍♂️🤔

Was there watching sat in the stadium right on that corner, exciting stuff!

Only one week to go, before lights out!

According to the Finnish media, Mercedes is gonna announce Bottas staying for 1 more year.

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