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Dunlop 24 Hours Build-Up: World Champions Dunlop Geared For Biggest Event
Posted by: newsla on Jan 05, 2014 - 06:25 AM
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Dunlop 24 Hours Build-Up: World Champions Dunlop Geared For Biggest Event

Just one month after winning the FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain, Dunlop is heading back to the Middle East for one of the biggest races of 2014, the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.


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The ninth running of the race at Dubai Autodrome promises to be more competitive than ever with a prestigious entry list of cars and drivers for the race at the Dubai Autodrome. The event is open to touring cars, GT cars and 24 Hour special cars with the race starting on 10 January.

The 2013 race was won by the Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon AMG Mercedes SLS of Khaled Al Qubaisi, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Bernd Schneider and the much-missed Sean Edwards just two laps ahead of the SRL AF Corse Ferrari 458. Black Falcon will be aiming for a hat-trick, having also won in 2012.

In addition to the defending Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon squad, which includes Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bernd Schneider, top drivers from around the world include top international racers Gianmaria Bruni, Stefan Mücke, Darren Turner, Emmanuel Collard, Johnny Mowlem and Rob Huff.

Dunlop is providing a tyre service for the entire grid and 7000 tyres have been shipped to the Dubai Autodrome circuit. A total of 38 Dunlop engineers and support staff will travel to the event to provide assistance to the teams with fitting and engineering advice. The Dunlop engineers are able to converse in ten languages in order to get the best for the multi-lingual teams from around the world.

Gary Wassell (Dunlop manager Car Motorsport EU) commented, “This is our biggest event in terms of numbers of cars and a great way to start the new year. Winning in open competition ‘tyre war’ events such as Dunlop did this year in Nurburgring 24h and FIA World Endurance helps us develop tyres for one brand events such as Dubai where we also try to give a balance of performance across the whole grid. History suggests we’ve got it right as no one make of car has dominated.”

“Technically it’s quite difficult to provide tyres that give no advantage to a particular brand but we think we have shown that we’ve done a good job by the close finishes. In the last two years the top four have been no more than six laps apart but we’ve not skimped on performance either with last year’s fastest lap getting just under the two-minute mark. The quality of entries and racing is getting better each year with some great names on the entry list so we anticipate some great racing again in January.”
2014 Dunlop 24 Hours in numbers:

 Dunlop have 7000 tyres in Dubai for the race with 38 support staff in attendance
 80 cars expected on the grid
 About 600 laps expected to be completed by the winner
 Track length 5.390km – Grand Prix configuration
 Over 3000 km expected to be covered by the winning team
 10 degrees to 30 degrees expected night-time track temperatures
 Fastest race lap expected to be around the 1 minute 59 seconds zone
 Teams from 18 different nations
 Drivers from 35 different countries
 28 different car makes and models
 9 different classes

Information about the race weekend at Dubai Autodrome:
On track action starts on Wednesday, 8 January with optional Private Testing which should see most of the ‘big guns’ out to dust off the festive season cobwebs.

The first of three Free Practice sessions will get underway at 11:30 am on Thursday, 9 January. This is followed by three qualifying sessions, the first of which gets going at 15:00 pm on the same day.

Friday, 10 January, track action starts at 10:30 am with a half hour warm-up, with the race set to be flagged off at 14:00 pm. The chequered flag will wave, to bring proceedings to an end 24 hours later, on Saturday at 14:00 pm. This will be followed by podium ceremonies for all classes.

Entry for spectators is free throughout the weekend, including qualifying and race days, with access to grandstands and the Paddock Village where a myriad of activities will be on hand to keep fans thoroughly entertained.

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