Hankook 24H Dubai racing into town

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Start your engines, the 16th edition of the Hankook 24H Dubai is screeching onto tarmac near you this weekend.

Revving into Dubai Autodrome on Friday January 15 to Saturday 16, the blockbuster racing event will see 250 drivers steering 54 cars, representing 12 brands and 33 nationalities, take the grid in one of the world’s most exhilarating round-the-clock endurance races.

Hankook 24H Dubai racing into town

The opening race of a nine-stop 2021 series will be flagged off at 3pm on Friday, with the winner taking the chequered flag 24 hours later.

Vying for glory atop the podium are no less than five former Hankook 24H Dubai winners in the hotly-contested GT3 category, but most eyes will be glued to Emirati ace Khaled Al Qubaisi, who alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen and Hubert Haupt, won the event for a record-breaking third time in 2020, adding to victories in 2012 and 2013.

Al Qubaisi told the official 24H Series website: “When we finally managed to get the third win in 2020 – Jeroen, Hubert and myself, with Ben Barker and Manuel Metzger – it was such a huge relief because we knew that we had truly earnt it.

“Even though the race was cut short due to the rain – it’s probably the craziest race we’ve had in Dubai – we still needed to have the pace to be at the front when the red flag came out.

“So, we were fast, we had the right strategy in place, and while it would have been nice to do the full 24 hours, I truly believe we deserved that win in 2020.”

The action is taking place behind closed doors, but fans can get still get into pole position to see if Al Qubaisi can extend his record by heading online.

Full coverage of the two 30-minute Qualifying sessions, the 90-minute Night Practice, and the full 24-hour race proper will be available via live stream on the 24H Series’ official YouTube channel.

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