GENNEP/LOS ARCOS (12 April, 2018) – Action in the 24H GT SERIES powered by Hankook continues with the inaugural Hankook 12H NAVARRA (20-22 April, 2018). Opened in 2010, the ‘Circuito de Navarra’ in Los Arcos in the Spanish Navarra region is a new venue for the CREVENTIC SERIES powered by Hankook. For the Hankook 12H NAVARRA, running from noon till midnight on Sunday, 22 April, over 20 GT3, GT4, silhouette cars, specials and Porsche Cup cars are expected on the grid. The Hankook 12H NAVARRA is the second round of the European Championship in the 24H GT SERIES powered by Hankook.
Having hosted endurance races at 17 different circuits in 13 countries at four continents already, Dutch agency CREVENTIC is delighted to add the Navarra circuit in Spain to its portfolio of venues. The track has very good facilities in the pits and the paddock and the 3.993 kilometres long circuit with its 15 corners, six left-handers and nine right-handers, is popular among drivers. Only recently, the McLaren Formula 1 team used the track to present its latest Formula 1 car. At this occasion, FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting also visited the Navarra circuit and commented positively on the facilities. While the track has already hosted various GT races, the Hankook 12H NAVARRA marks the first international twelve-hour race to be held at the circuit. Currently, drivers and teams from 14 countries are to be represented. “Our work with management and staff of the Navarra circuit over the past months has been very pleasant and we are looking forward to the race,” says Peter Freij on behalf of CREVENTIC.
The A6 class will be setting the outright pace with a good mix of brands: Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche are all represented in Navarra. The event sees the return of reigning 24H SERIES GT champions Hofor Racing. Other 24H SERIES race winners like Bohemia Energy Racing with Scuderia Praha, Herberth Motorsport and Car Collection Motorsport will be competing at Navarra as well. The SPX class includes a pair of KTM X-Bows as well as MARC Focus and Vortex silhouette cars. Six Porsche 991 Cup cars have been entered for the rapidly growing 991 category. In the Porsche class, two teams will be making their 24H GT SERIES powered by Hankook debut at Navarra. A Mercedes-AMG GT4 and a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the GT4 class round out the field.
Teams and drivers have the possibility to familiarise themselves with the circuit during two optional private test sessions of three hours each on Friday, 20 April. Official track action for the Hankook 12H NAVARRA gets underway on Saturday, 21 April, with free practice from 10.30 till 12.30 hrs, followed by qualifying from 15.30 till 16.30 hrs and night practice from 21.00 till 22.30 hrs. Pre-race activities start on Sunday, 22 April, at 11.20 hrs, with the race running from noon till midnight, followed by the prize-giving ceremony. Adding to the weekend’s motorsport action, the GT Retro Series and the Iberian Historic Endurance are the official support categories of the Hankook 12H NAVARRA with two races for each series.
Throughout the weekend, there will be live streaming of the track action on the series’ website, www.24hseries.com, as well as the series’ official YouTube channel. Streaming can also be found on Motortrend on Demand. As usual, the Radio Show Limited team, well-known from Radio Le Mans and IMSA Radio, will be on site to provide live commentary for qualifying, night practice and the race. There will also be regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (24H Series). Hankook is the official title sponsor and exclusive tyre supplier for the event, Panta is the official fuel supplier. The following companies will be present with sales and service booths in the paddock at Navarra: DRD international for pit equipment, screen protection etc and Speedcom for radio communication equipment and support. New partners are Aircharge, specialised in wireless mobile charging products, and Circuitvanhout that has produced the beautiful new trophies for the prize-giving ceremony. Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com