Dubai 24 Hour

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Dubai 24 Hour
Dubai Autodrome--Grand Prix Course.svg
Venue Dubai Autodrome
First race 2006
Duration 24 Hours
Most wins (driver) Philipp Peter (2)
Dieter Quester
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Khaled al Qubaisi
Sean Edwards
Most wins (team) Duller Motorsport (2)
Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon
Most wins (manufacturer) Porsche (4)

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.

Entrants and participants[edit]

Dubai Autodrome Track Map

According to the official website of the Dubai 24 Hour, the Endurance race is 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 structure[edit]

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.

Classes[edit]

A1[edit]

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]

A2[edit]

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 Renault Clio Sport and the Honda Civic Type R.[3]

A3T[edit]

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]

A4[edit]

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]

A5[edit]

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 stantard 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]

A6[edit]

This is the highest echolon 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.

D1[edit]

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 VW Scirocco R, SEAT León TDI and BMW 120d.[3]

D2[edit]

The D2 class caters for diesel-powered vehicles exceeding the limit of 2,000 cc in D1. Generally, Mid-size cars & Full-size 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]

SP1[edit]

The SP1 class is the first of the Special Cars class and houses silhouette petrol-driven racing cars which have modified chassis to 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-A[edit]

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-A[edit]

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 organzisers to balance out the field in the class. Depending on the Engine discplacement 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.

SP4[edit]

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 winners[edit]

Year Drivers Team Car Laps Distance[5] Fastest Lap
2014 Switzerland Adrian Amstutz
Germany Christian Engelhart
Switzerland Mark Ineichen
Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Switzerland Marcel Matter
Switzerland Stadler Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3-R 603 3250.17 1:59.537
2013 United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
United Kingdom Sean Edwards
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Bernd Schneider
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 600 3234.00 1:59.472
2012 United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
United Kingdom Sean Edwards
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Thomas Jäger
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 628 3384.92 2:01.921
2011 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Sweden Edward Sandström
United States Tommy Milner
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
Germany Need for Speed by Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 594 3201.66 2:04.858
2010 France Raymond Narac
France Patrick Pilet
Germany Marco Holzer
France IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 608 3277.12 2:10.057
2009 Germany Carsten Tilke
France Gabriël Abergel
Germany Niclas Kentenich
Lithuania Andrzej Dzikevic
Germany Land Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 573 3088.47 2:07.319
2008 Australia Klark Quinn
United Kingdom Tony Quinn
New Zealand Craig Baird
Australia Jonathon Webb
Australia VIP Pet Foods Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 504 2716.56 2:03.334
2007 Austria Dieter Quester
Austria Philipp Peter
Germany Dirk Werner
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
Austria Duller Motorsport BMW Z4 Coupe 567 3056.13 2:04.435
2006 Austria Dieter Quester
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Austria Philipp Peter
Austria Toto Wolff
Austria Duller Motorsport BMW M3 CSL 519 2797.41 2:10.057

References[edit]

  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". 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