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The Dubai 24 Hour Race is both a sports car and touring car automobile endurance race held annually at the Dubai Autodrome. It was inaugurated in 2006.

Dubai 24 Hour
Dubai Autodrome--Grand Prix Course.svg
VenueDubai Autodrome
First race2006
Duration24 Hours
Most wins (driver)Philipp Peter (2)
Dieter Quester (2)
Jeroen Bleekemolen (2)
Khaled al Qubaisi (2)
Sean Edwards (2)
Abdulaziz Al Faisal (2)
Yelmer Buurman (2)
Hubert Haupt (2)
Most wins (team)Black Falcon (4)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (5)

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Entrants and participantsEdit

 
Dubai Autodrome Track Map

As with all races in the 24H Series, promoted by Dutch promoter Creventic, they are open to both professional and semi-professional teams. There are both local competitors from the UAE and surrounding nations in the Persian Gulf as well as a host of international teams particularly from European nations.[1]

Unlike the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France whereby teams are invited by the organizers to compete, the Dubai 24 Hour is solely made up of teams who have registered prior to the commencing of the actual race. Entrants must file in a registration application in order to have a chance at competing. Entry and registration fees also apply for competitors.

Class structureEdit

The race features both a variety of Grand tourer (GT), touring cars as well as specially built silhouette cars from a wide range of marques which are eligible to enter. These range from small-engined Super 2000 hatchbacks (such as the Renault Clio and Honda Civic) to racing-bred sport cars (such as the Porsche 911 GT3 & Marcos Mantis GT).[2]

A method of performance-balancing by the organisers of the event is existent throughout many of the classes featured in the Endurance Race. An example of this can be witnessed in the A2 Class whereby Super 1600 cars race alongside Super 2000 and run on equal performance as the 1,600 cc cars are allowed to carry less weight. Other factors such as a larger fuel tank and also the tire manufacturer for specific classes or ensure even competition.

ClassesEdit

A1Edit

This is class restricted for subcompact cars. Cars with a maximum engine displacement of 1,300 cc can run on a minimum weight of 750 kg and an 80-litre fuel tank while cars with displacements up to 1,600 cc are run with a minimum weight of 820 kg and a 90-litre fuel tank. Cars that can feature in this class include the Honda Jazz, Toyota Echo, Nissan Tiida as well as other makes.[3]

A2Edit

The A2 class features a host of Super 1600 and Super 2000 vehicles. These cars generally feature hatchback and small sedan vehicles. The engine displacement range in this class is between 1,600 cc and 2,000 cc and turbocharging for performance enhancement is not allowed. 1,600 cc to 1,800 cc vehicles can have a minimum weight of 900 kg while 1,800 cc to 2,000 cc cars are to have a minimum weight of 980 kg.[2] Compact cars generally make up the field for the A2 Class with the most common makes being the Clio Renault Sport and the Honda Civic Type R.[3]

A3TEdit

This class is specifically for cars with engine displacement up to 2,500 cc their engine is enhanced by a turbocharger. In other words, only vehicles which are turbocharged are eligible to compete in the class. All cars in this class run on 100-litre fuel tanks regardless of engine displacement or car weight.[2] In the 2009 version of the race, the class was mainly made up of Turbo-diesel or TDI compact cars such as the SEAT León Super Copa and the Volkswagen Golf R-Line.[3]

A4Edit

The A4 Class is made-up entirely of mid-size cars with an engine displacement between 2,000 cc and 3,000 cc. Due to the wide nature of eligibility of this class, there are certain restrictions on larger engine vehicles. Cars between 2,000 cc and 2,500 cc can have a minimum weight of 1,000 kg while cars between 2,500 cc and 3,000 cc are to have a minimum weight of 1,100 kg.[2] In the 2009, Dubai 24 Hour, the class featured three BMW 130i, a BMW Z4 Coupe and a Porsche 964 Carrera.[3]

A5Edit

The A5 class pits genuine FIA-GT4 category cars against each however, the cars in this class are to have a maximum displacement of 3,500 cc. Most of the vehicles in this class are sports car coupes with V8, 3.0L+ engines. All cars are required to weigh at least 1,200 kg and utilise a 120-litre fuel tank which are standard across the category.[2] The 2009 24 Hour Race saw an entire field of a number of makes from the German manufacturer BMW ranging from Z4 Coupes to modified M3 GT-Rs.[3]

A6Edit

This is the highest echelon of Petrol-driven vehicles in the race and is also the quickest category in the race. It features a host of FIA-approved GT3 Category cars from across the globe. The vehicles must have at least 3,500 cc of engine displacement and cannot exceed 4,000 cc. Due to the vehicles with 3,750 cc to 4,000 cc having an acceleration and top-speed edge than the makes below 3,750 cc, they must carry at least 1,300 kg of weight, thus being the heaviest of the entire race and can only have tanks capable of carrying 90 litres of fuel.[2] Vehicles below this, can have a minimum weight limit of 1,150 kg and a 120-litre fuel tank.

991 & 997 ClassEdit

Class 997 Porsche 997 Cup Cars* (models 2007..2013) Class 991 Porsche 991 Cup Cars* (models 2014..2017)

D1Edit

The first of the diesel powered-car classes, this class aims at drawing together an array of vehicles driven on diesel for the full duration of the race. D1 features vehicles with Engine displacements up to 2,000 cc, which is ideal for smaller-sized hatchback TDI vehicles.[2] This is why the 2009 grid saw an array of European hatchbacks including the Volkswagen Scirocco R, SEAT León TDI and BMW 120d.[3]

D2Edit

The D2 class caters for diesel-powered vehicles exceeding the limit of 2,000 cc in D1. Generally, mid-sized & full-sized cars occupy the grid. Turbocharging is permitted in this class but handicaps apply to higher displacement vehicles. For example, cars with 2,500 cc to 3,000 cc must meet the minimum limit of 1,200 kg while cars below that displacement have a minimum weight limit of 1,100 kg.[2] A number of BMW 120d makes featured in the class in the 2009 race as well as a BMW 320d.[3]

SP1Edit

The SP1 class is the first of the Special Cars class and houses silhouette petrol-driven racing cars which have a chassis modified from their production counterparts. SP1 sees a mix of uniquely designed vehicles built specifically for high-powered Touring car racing. The vehicles in this category often vary in great lengths in engine size, power and vehicle weight, therefore, vehicles who fit the Solution F category [4] can have a minimum weight of just 950 kg and a 120-litre fuel tank. Other silhouette cars with engines up 3,200 cc of displacement can have a minimum weight of 975 kg and are restricted to a 100-litre fuel tank. Cars with 3,200 cc to 3,600 cc must have a weight of at least 1,050 kg and a fuel tank with a capacity of 100L.[2]

SP2 GT3-AEdit

This is a class reserved for FIA GT3 entrants whose vehicles surpass the 4,000 cc Engine displacement limit for the A6 cars and also for GT3 cars which have 6+ cylinders.

SP3 GT4-AEdit

This is a class similar to the SP2 GT3-A category and it is reserved for FIA GT4-spec vehicles. There are performance balancing measures enforced by the racing organizers to balance out the field in the class. Depending on the Engine displacement of the vehicle an entrant will be assigned a minimum weight limit of either 750 kg or 1,200 kg and also a fuel tank capacity limit of either 120 litres or 100 litres.

SP4Edit

This is the newest class for the race and is solely for hybrid vehicle racing cars and electric-powered race cars.[2] It will be running for the first time in 2010 edition of the Dubai 24 Hour. There are currently no performance balancing measures for the class.

Race winnersEdit

Year Drivers Team Car Laps Distance[5] Fastest Lap
2018   Abdulaziz Al Faisal
  Yelmer Buurman
  Hubert Haupt
  Gabriele Piana
  Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 606 3266.34 1:59.394
2017   Daniel Allemann
  Ralf Bohn
  Brendon Hartley
  Alfred Renauer
  Robert Renauer
  Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R 578 3115.42 1:59.198
2016   Alain Ferté
  Michael Meadows
  Stuart Leonard
  Laurens Vanthoor
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS 588 3169.32 1:58.712
2015   Abdulaziz Al Faisal
  Hubert Haupt
  Yelmer Buurman
  Oliver Webb
  Black Falcon 2 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 604 3255.56 1:59.545
2014   Adrian Amstutz
  Christian Engelhart
  Mark Ineichen
  Rolf Ineichen
  Marcel Matter
  Stadler Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3-R 603 3250.17 1:59.537
2013   Khaled al Qubaisi
  Sean Edwards
  Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Bernd Schneider
  Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 600 3234.00 1:59.472
2012   Khaled al Qubaisi
  Sean Edwards
  Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Thomas Jäger
  Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 628 3384.92 2:01.921
2011   Augusto Farfus
  Edward Sandström
  Tommy Milner
  Claudia Hürtgen
  Need for Speed by Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 594 3201.66 2:04.858
2010   Raymond Narac
  Patrick Pilet
  Marco Holzer
  IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 608 3277.12 2:10.057
2009   Carsten Tilke
  Gabriël Abergel
  Niclas Kentenich
  Andrzej Dzikevic
  Land Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 573 3088.47 2:07.319
2008   Klark Quinn
  Tony Quinn
  Craig Baird
  Jonathon Webb
  VIP Pet Foods Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 504 2716.56 2:03.334
2007   Dieter Quester
  Philipp Peter
  Dirk Werner
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Duller Motorsport BMW Z4 Coupe 567 3056.13 2:04.435
2006   Dieter Quester
  Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Philipp Peter
  Toto Wolff
  Duller Motorsport BMW M3 CSL 519 2797.41 2:10.057

Manufacturer title winsEdit

Wins Manufacturer Year(s)
5   Porsche 2008-2010, 2014, 2017
4   Mercedes-Benz 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
3   BMW 2006, 2007, 2011
1   Audi 2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Race Philosophy". Dubai 24 Hour. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2009 Eligibility & Class structure list" (PDF). Creventic. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Class Entry list". Dubai 24Hour. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Solution F Information". The Race of Champions. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  5. ^ Note: Distance is calculated by Laps completed & measured in Kilometres

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