While the race is still more than eight months away, the 11th running of the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai already sees an impressive entry.
A total of 65 cars are provisionally entered for the twice-around-the-clock Middle Eastern enduro, set for Jan. 14-16, 2016, with more entries expected in the coming weeks and months.
ENTRY LIST: 2016 Hankook 24H Dubai (Provisional)
The preliminary entry list features no fewer than 18 GT3 cars, competing in the A6 class, including McLaren 650S GT3s, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s, Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s, as well as a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo FL2.
According to event organizers Creventic, the race is expected to reach similar entry levels from this year’s record grid, which will again see a mix of top-level GTs and touring cars.
“With 89 cars participating in the race, this year’s Hankook 24H Dubai was the biggest race we have staged to date,” said Crventic’s Daphne Gengler. “Of course, the GT cars battling for outright honors get a lot of attention, but the touring cars are just as important.
“It is this mix of GTs and touring cars that is a major factor in the success of our race, and it is nice to see that both categories show continuing growth.
“The only classes that have shown a slight decline over the past few years are the classes for diesel-powered touring cars, but these are getting extra attention and we are putting a lot of effort into attracting more cars in these classes.”
This year’s race saw a number of high profile teams and drivers, including Bernd Schneider, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Stefan Muecke, as well as factory and works-supported efforts from the likes of Nissan and Aston Martin.
In total, there were 52 different countries represented, marking one of the most diverse grids in all of motorsports.
The regulations and class structure is expected to remain largely unchanged, with the entry fee, which includes transport costs from a European port, remaining the same as well.