24H: Endurance Champions crowned at the Hankook 24H COTA USA

24H: Endurance Champions crowned at the Hankook 24H COTA USA

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS (28 November 2018) – The PROsport Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#85) and the Hofor-Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup (#131) have secured the Overall Teams’ Championship of the Continents in the GT and TCE divisions respectively in this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

PROsport Performance, last year’s 991-class champion, secured its fifth consecutive A6-Am class victory of the 2018 24H SERIES powered by Hankook season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and ultimately bested nearest rival Car Collection Motorsport (#34) by just three points in the final tally.

Hofor-Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport meanwhile (#131) took its seventh consecutive win in the 2018 24H SERIES at COTA, in the process securing the Overall Teams’ title in the TCE Championship of the Continents by an impressive 11 points over LAMERA-CUP (#238).

Interestingly, both PROsport Performance and Hofor-Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport also claimed this year’s European Championships in the GT and TCE divisions respectively at the previous 24H SERIES round at Spa-Francorchamps. This marks the first time that two teams have won all four outright championships in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

Alongside the Overall Teams’ trophies, the #85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the #131 BMW M235i Racing Cup also secured the A6-class and CUP1-class crowns respectively. Bizarrely, however, neither outfit walked away with their respective Overall Drivers’ championships.

Herberth Motorsport’s Robert Renauer and Ralf Bohn were ultimately crowned Champions of the Continents for GT Drivers by just two points over PROsport’s Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster, although the latter trio did secure the A6 Drivers’ title with 2018 teammate, Adam Christodoulou.

Similarly, LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing teammates Antti Buri and Kari-Pekka Laaksonen ended the season three points clear of Michael Schrey, Martin Kroll, Bernd Küpper, Gustav Engljaehringer and Michael Fischer to secure both the Overall Drivers’ championship in TCE and the TCR-class honours. The Hofor Racing / Bonk Motorsport quintet did, however, take the CUP1-class drivers’ title, while Fischer also walked away with his second TCE Junior Cup of the season.

Delving into individual class champions, the VDS Racing Adventures MARC Focus V8 (#58) added the SP2-class Championship of the Continents to its newly won European Championship after a hard-fought category win at the Circuit of the Americas. It was a result that also secured the SP2-class Drivers’ championship for Belgian teammates Raphaël van der Straten and José Close. A troubled race with Speed Lover (#78) was nevertheless enough to crown Pierre-Yves Paque the SPX-class Drivers’ champion for 2018.

Despite enduring a tough race at COTA, the Perfection Racing Europe Ginetta G55 GT4 Evo 2017 (#239) was nevertheless able to secure the GT4-class crown in Austin, Texas, while Danish teammates Tommy Laugesen, Claus and Michael Klostermann, and René Rasmussen walked away with the GT4-class Drivers’ title.

In the TCE division, both Team Altran Peugeots impressively managed to finish 1-2 in the category standings, although the #308 Peugeot 308 Racing Cup TCR would ultimately draw five points clear of the sister #908 entry come the chequered flag. LAMERA-CUP meanwhile (#238), despite falling short in the overall TCE standings nevertheless secured the SP3-class title, allowing teammates Fabien Delaplace, Laurent Piguet and Nicolas Beraud to take the SP3-class Drivers’ trophy. Having taken victory in SP2 at COTA, Einar Thorsen triumphed in the A3 Drivers’ standings, simultaneously allowing Cor Euser Racing (#71) to take A3 teams’ title honours.

To celebrate a successful season finale at the Hankook 24H COTA USA, each class winner received a bespoke set of Gulf Racing Fuels cufflinks from the event’s official fuel supplier.

Next year’s Championship of the Continents gets underway at the 14th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI on 10-11-12 January 2019, just one week after the inaugural Hankook 6H DUBAI on 5-6 January. Just two months later, the 2019 European Championship is set to begin at the returning Hankook 12H MUGELLO on 29-30 March, just one month after the first-ever 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP takes place at the Dubai Autodrome and the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 24H SERIES powered by Hankook will once again draw to a close in 2019 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on 15-16-17 November, a weekend that will feature not only the third annual Hankook 24H COTA USA, but also the first ever Hankook 6H COTA USA for GT and PROTO cars. Further information can be found at  www.24hseries.com.

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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

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I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

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Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Great to see him challenged. He's an amazing talent but even the greatest talent on the grid with no opponents means a boring race.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

20pt is better than nothing mm93! Congrats..👍💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼..!!!

MM i Love you 💙

Say what you like about this guy, but he is a true professional with a passion for winning.

Love you #MM93💗

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Strong opponents make for a strong champion. Marquez has the strongest opponents since I'm watching Motogp. I saw Doohan competing against one, maybe two strong opponents. Rossi had quite the same, winning one or two championships with virtualy no strong opponents. Marc has world champions and some that are way stroger: Rossi, Lorenzo, Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Crutchlow. Lots of drivers can win races!

Hahahaha look at his face

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

He got schooled 😂😂

One of the best race ever

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........


Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Can't help but think if rear tyre had held up he would have disappeared

Won't be long till all the haters start gobbling some humble pie...please swallow slowly, don't want you to choke..we need you back next year!!!..

You see he is dissapointed!!! Not a way we see marquez much....

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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.

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 has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

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

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 have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

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

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

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

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 (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...

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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