24H Series Press Release
As announced earlier this week, the calendar for the 2015 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, now with official FIA International Series’ status, has been revised. Following requests from various teams and drivers, new dates have been set for three rounds of the series. The third round of the season, the Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT, will now be run on 29 and 30 May, 2015. Starting the second half of the season, the inaugural Hankook 24H CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD has been postponed by one week to 10-12 July, 2015. For the sixth and final round of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, not only a new date has been set: a planned resurfacing of the Hungaroring meant that an alternative venue had to be found as well. Thus, the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic will host the inaugural Hankook 12H EPILOG BRNO to conclude the 2015 season on 9 and 10 October, 2015.
“We already published a draft calendar for our 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in early September, so we were the first to come up with dates for our races,” says Gerrie Willems on behalf of CREVENTIC, organisers and promoters of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in co-operation with DNRT (Dutch National Racing Team). “However, as dates for other endurance races were published as well, some potential clashes came up and teams approached us with requests to look out for other possibilities. For us, service to teams and drivers has always been our main focus and we are probably a little bit more flexible in finding alternative dates for our events than other organisations. Therefore, we are glad that, once again in good co-operation with management of the various circuits, we have found some good dates that will allow teams and drivers to take part in as many races as possible. At Zandvoort, we keep the same weekend we already had this year. The Paul Ricard round was postponed by one week. As to Hungaroring, the circuit management informed us that they planned to carry out a resurfacing of the track, something that could only be done in autumn, so we had to look for a different venue, which we found in the beautiful Automotodrom Brno, a circuit with a long heritage in the Czech Republic. Moreover, the ‘Epilog’ event as an end-of-season endurance race at Brno has a tradition of many years, so we are glad that this prestigious title will now be used for our race.”
Reduced entry fee for the full 24H SERIES powered by Hankook
With the official International Series’ status granted by the FIA, championship points can now be awarded for all the rounds counting towards the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. There will be separate classifications for drivers and teams as well as a special Ladies’ Cup. To encourage teams to register for the full series, CREVENTIC are offering a special discount. Teams can benefit from a reduced entry fee for the full season and pay ten percent less than when entering cars on a race-by-race basis for each round. This also applies to teams who want to register for the five rounds of the 2015 24H SERIES powered by Hankook that remain after the season opener, the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Regulations, class structures and the ‘balance of performance’ for the 2015 season remain largely unchanged compared to 2014. All relevant information can be found on the series’ website: www.24hseries.com.
Round 2 and 3 of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook: Mugello and Zandvoort
While cars and equipment are already underway to the United Arab Emirates for the tenth anniversary edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI (8-10 January, 2015), preparations are ongoing for the two twelve-hour races that had a successful premiere this year: the Hankook 12H ITALY-MUGELLO (13-14 March, 2015) and the Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT (29-30 May, 2015). “The inaugural editions of both races were a great success and both events were excellent additions to our calendar,” says Gerrie Willems. “At Mugello, teams appreciate the opportunity to have some competitive running relatively close to home before most of the European endurance racing gets underway. Zandvoort is a circuit most drivers love because of its challenging character and its great seaside location, so we really are looking forward to returning to these two venues in 2015!”
The revised calendar of the 2015 24H SERIES powered by Hankook at a glance:
8-9-10 January, 2015: Hankook 24H DUBAI
13-14 March, 2015: Hankook 12H ITALY-MUGELLO
29-30 May, 2015: Hankook 12H ZANDVOORT
10-11-12 July, 2015: Hankook 24H CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD
4-5-6 September, 2015: Hankook 24H BARCELONA
9-10 October, 2015: Hankook 12H EPILOG BRNO
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