With less than five month to go before the seventh running of the Dunlop 24H Dubai gets underway at the Dubai Autodrome (January 12 till 14th, 2012), the starting grid shapes up as more and more teams are entering the first international endurance race of the new year for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials. “We have already received entries from 66 teams, so more than two thirds of the grid are filled”, says Gerrie Willems on behalf of Dutch agency CREVENTIC, organisers and promoters of the Dunlop 24H Dubai, in co-operation with the DNRT.
Entry closing date, with special entry fee of 7950EUR (including standard transport) is 15 September 2011.
The 2011 race winners, German team Need for Speed-Schubert, have already entered two BMW Z4 cars while the rest of the preliminary entry list shows a nice mix of big and powerful sports cars like Porsche 911, Corvette, Audi R8, Lamborghini LP600, Dodge Viper, Aston Martin Vantage and Ferrari 458, silhouette cars like Gomez Competition, Solution F and Renault Mégane Trophy machines, touring cars with diesel and petrol engines (predominantly BMW, but also Volkswagen and SEAT) and several entries in the A2 class like the ever-popular Renault Clio and Hondas Integra and S2000.
“We are glad that we have received so many entries already at this stage, but we are still expecting many more teams to join us”, says Gerrie Willems. “Many of them have already informed us about their intention to take part and will finalise their entry once the holidays are over.” Willems mentions one entrant in particular: “The British RJN team will again run a Nissan for the winner of the worldwide ‘Nissan Playstation GT Academy’ competition that proved to be such a huge success two years ago. The winner at the time, Lucas Ordonez, contested his first race in Dubai in 2009, went on to race in the European GT4 Cup and even was on the grid at Le Mans this year, finishing second in the LMP2 class. This shows that Dubai can be a great place to start your career!”
More good news for the Dunlop 24H Dubai is the announcement that Radio Le Mans will provide full coverage of the event for the first time. The web-based radio station is well-known among motorsport fans all over the world and has a huge following, particularly in the endurance racing fraternity. Managing Director Eve Hewitt: “It was clear from the beginning that this race was an important addition to the world of endurance racing. We have had an ongoing dialogue with the organisers, Creventic, and we are delighted to be able to make the announcement of full live coverage for the 2012 edition.“ Presenter John Hindhaugh adds: “Yes, there are three times as many classes as Le Mans, but only half of the Nurburgring 24, so nothing we can’t cope with. Dubai is an event our listeners have been asking us to cover for quite some time and I’m really excited that we have this opportunity to bring the race to a bigger audience than ever.”