Creventic, organizers of the 24H Series powered by Hankook, has explained the reasoning for the significant drop of entries in this weekend’s 24H COTA event, owing to the method the organization publishes its entry lists.
As many as 52 cars had appeared on the provisional entry list for this weekend’s 24H Series Continents season finale, although it has since been reduced to 29 cars in the final published entry list, which was released earlier this week.
“Unlike most organizers we choose for a transparent communication,” Creventic’s Ivo Breukers told Sportscar365. “Teams who registered will appear automatically on our pre-entry list. There will be or is nobody on the entry list who has not agreed to be on it.
“This will make it for drivers possible to contact the teams who are still looking for drivers.
“The disadvantage is that there will be teams disappearing more closer to the race who are not able to complete the line-up.
“We could opt, as well as many other series do, to release our entry list only two weeks before the race. When then one or two cars would fail to show up it would not be that big change.
“We will consider in the future to see if we can re-name or better to explain how we work with our entry lists to avoid this negative reactions.”
A number of U.S.-based teams, including Stephen Cameron Racing, Rearden Racing and RENNtech Motorsports were among the teams to not have programs materialize for the race.
Several European teams’ programs also failed to materialize at the last minute.
Track action for the event kicks off today with a pair of unofficial private testing sessions, followed by free practice and qualifying on Friday.