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Capacity Grid Reached for 24H Dubai

More than 90 cars on provisional entry list for Hankook 24H Dubai…

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The 11th running of the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai is set to feature another capacity grid, with more than 90 entries having been submitted for the 24H Series season-opener on Jan. 15-16.

A total of 24 cars are set to battle for overall honors in the A6 GT3 class, including a pair of Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars, which will make their 24-hour race debuts.

ENTRY LIST: Hankook 24H Dubai (Provisional)

Other new-gen GT3 cars, such as the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and Audi R8 LMS, are set for their Dubai debuts with multiple teams, while tried-and-trusted models such as the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 and Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 are entered as well.

“All the slots have been taken,” said Creventic’s Gerrie Willems. “The tenth running of the event in January this year was already a huge success that we believed could not be topped, but reality proved to be different. Teams that sign up from now will be put on a waiting list.”

January’s race, meanwhile, will mark the debut of three new classes for the 2016 season, with TCR, 991 and SPX having been added.

Creventic has reached an agreement with TCR Series promoter Marcello Lotti to offer a dedicated class for the worldwide platform.

“TCR is growing quickly, with no less than 16 national and regional series announced for 2016, on top of the TCR International series, and an ever-increasing number of cars from various manufacturers becoming available,” Willems said.

The class joins the existing touring car classes D2 and A3T, while A4 and A5 will be combined into a new A3 class. A2 and D1 will remain unaffected.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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