- After the successful second running of the Hankook 24H CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD earlier this month, teams and drivers from the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook are now enjoying a well-deserved summer break.
However, endurance racing fans don’t have to wait for too long until the action continues, because the next race is just around the corner: on the first weekend of September (September 2-4, 2016), the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya will host the next round of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, the Hankook 24H BARCELONA. The race at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit is one of the most popular events on the series’ calendar. “Last year, we had to put teams on a waiting list as we were over-subscribed. This year, we expect a capacity grid again, but the final slots are still available,” says Daphne Gengler on behalf of CREVENTIC. The Dutch agency is the promoter and organiser of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in co-operation with the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT).
Last year, the first title winners in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook could already be crowned at Barcelona. This year, again, the Spanish round is the penultimate race on the season calendar and a fierce battle for points and positions can be expected. The provisional entry list already shows many strong teams, including the most recent race winners of the Hankook 24H CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD, Precote Herberth Motorsport with its Porsche 991 GT3 R. There are also numerous entrants in the SP2 and SP3 classes as well as in the 991 category. The top touring car class, the TCR category, currently has no less than eight SEAT Leon Cup Racers entered for SEAT’s home race as the factory in Martorell is very close to the Barcelona circuit. Entries for the other touring car classes A3, CUP1 and A2 look very strong as well.
All the top teams having scored a lot of points at Paul Ricard, the battle in the overall GT standings is close. Hofor Racing is still in the lead, but Porsche Lorient Racing is only four points behind. In the overall touring car class teams’ standings, Team Altran Peugeot is on top, followed by defending teams’ champions, Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing, and the second Team Altran Peugeot entry. Danish teams K-Rejser and Sally Racing are both tied in fourth place. In the overall drivers’ standings, Team Altran Peugeot drivers Guillaume Roman and Stéphane Ventaja are in first place, six points ahead of the Hofor Racing quartet of Chantal Kroll, Christiaan Frankenhout, Kenneth Heyer, and Michael Kroll.