More than a dozen teams, including several former overall and class winners, have already confirmed multiple entries for the 16th annual Hankook 24H Dubai.
The 24H Series season-opener, which has been reconfirmed for Jan. 14-16 as originally planned, is set to feature a 50-plus car grid, based on the latest entry list released by Creventic.
Haupt Racing Team, the eponymous entry of three-time event winner Hubert Haupt, is set to bring two Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos to the race, in what will mark a continued effort for the operation previously under the Black Falcon banner.
WRT, which collected Audi’s first overall win in Dubai in 2016, has entered two Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evos for the 2021 race, as has 24H Series mainstay Car Collection Motorsport, which took its first outright GT win at the event in 2019.
2017 Dubai winner Herberth Motorsport has shown its continued support of Creventic with its first four-car entry for a 24H Series event.
Alongside its trio of Porsche 911 GT3 R entries in the GT3 class, the reigning GT3-Pro teams’ champion is also set to make its first-ever start in the 991 class with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Across in the TCE division, reigning Overall TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing has registered entries for three Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs.
2020 TCE winner AC Motorsport, meanwhile, is set to bring two Audi RS 3 LMS entries in the TCR class.
Alongside former GT and TCE winners, several other former Dubai class winners have also registered multiple cars for the event.
MRS GT-Racing, which took its second consecutive class win in Dubai in 2020, will bring two Porsche Cup cars to the Middle East in the hopes of securing a hat-trick.
They will face competition from newly crowned class teams’ champion Speed Lover, which will also enter two Porsches.
Dubai regulars HRT Performance has confirmed three Porsches for the single-make class while Bas Koeten Racing will return to GT ranks with two Porsches, one of which will race under the NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing’ banner alongside the teams’ TCE class Cupra TCR.
CWS Engineering, a former SP3 class winner in Dubai in 2018, has entered two Ginetta G55 GT4s, meanwhile.
Among the British team’s nearest competition will be Lamera-Cup, which will run two lightweight sports cars.
While down on the previous near triple-digit-car counts for the event, a total of 50 cars have already completed freight preparations, with more in final negotiations.
Shipping from Europe to the UAE is set to begin next week.