Sunny prospects for this weekend’s 24H BARCELONA
GENNEP (September 5th, 2012) – The Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló near Barcelona will be the venue for this weekend’s 24H BARCELONA, the annual 24-hour race for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials. “Last year, we had some rain during the event, but the forecast for this week is bright sunshine with temperatures around 30 degrees. Add to that a nice field with a variety of cars and drivers and teams from many countries and there is no doubt that this year’s 24H BARCELONA is an event to look forward to,” says Gerrie Willems on behalf of Dutch agency CREVENTIC, promoter and co-organiser of the race, together with the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya.
This year’s running of the 24H BARCELONA has a nice mix of powerful GT cars, silhouette competition cars, touring cars, hot hatchbacks and one-make series’ machinery on the grid. In the A6 class, the McLaren MP4-12 GT3 will be making its debut in the 24H BARCELONA. The competition in the class comes from a Ferrari 458 Italia (with Russian ex-Formula 1 test driver Sergey Zlobin as one of its drivers) and a Porsche 997 Cup car. The Porsche-only 997 class includes five entries with teams from Germany, Belgium and Slovakia. Based on previous events, the silhouette cars from the SP2 category can also be considered as contenders for good overall results, with Renault Mégane Trophy cars (including ex-WTCC race winner Duncan Huisman in the driver line-up) and GC Automobile machines, plus a powerful Chevrolet Corvette C6. The SP3 class includes GT4 cars like BMW M3 and Lotus Evora, plus a Porsche 996 Cup car.
The BMW M3 is the machine of choice in the A5 touring car category, but this class also includes a BMW Z4 M Coupé and a Lotus Elise. The A4 class is a BMW only affair, with an E46 Coupé, a Z3 M Coupé and a 130i. The A3T class traditionally is the domain of the SEAT Leon Supercopa cars, one of them driven by Spanish WTCC regulars Pepe Oriola and Fernando Monje. Russian Kirill Ladygin, who has also been entered with a SEAT, also has WTCC experience under his belt. The A2 class sees a wide range of Renault Clio Cup cars and MINIs, plus a Lotus Elise Sport, a Honda Civic Type-R, a Peugeot 206 RCC and a Citroën C2 Maxi Super2000. The D1 diesel class consists of a SEAT Leon TDI, a BMW 123D, a BMW 120D and a Volkswagen Golf 4 TDI.
Track action starts on Friday, September 7th, with free practice from 16.30 till 17.15 h, followed by qualifying from 17.45 till 19.45 h. Night practice is scheduled from 21.00 till 23.00 h. On Saturday, September 8th, there is a pit walk from 10.55 till 11.20 h, after which the cars will line up on the starting grid from 11.30 h. The race starts at 12.00 h and the finish is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, again at 12.00 h. During the weekend, there will be live-timing and track footage at live.24hseries.com and regular Twitter updates (@24HSERIES, hashtag for the event is #24HBCN). MOTORS TV will be showing a summary of the 24H BARCELONA on Saturday,
October 6th, at 21.30 h CET.
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Please Note: DUNLOP 24H DUBAI 2013 early entry closing date is 15 September 2012
Till September 15th the Entry Fee is 7.950EUR*
INCLUDING STANDARD TRANSPORT OF THE CAR MORE THAN >2600cc
After September 15th Entry Fee will be 8.950 euro (0% VAT)
For registration click on the link Registration Form.