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Dubai hosts the world champions in “Hancock 24 Hours” on Friday

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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, Dubai hosts the world’s elite endurance car racing champions who came to participate in the “Hancock Dubai 24 Hour Challenge” for fast cars, which is held at the “Dubai Autodrome” circuit in the heart of “Motor City», from January 13 to 15, 2023.

And with the roar of the engines at the Dubai Autodrome, the performance tests of the world champions began in preparation for participating in the challenge competitions. Friday, January 13, the qualifying rounds for the participating cars, which reached 54 international cars from the “GTX”, “GT3” and “T3” categories, begin. CR, most notably Ferrari, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, BMW, Ford, Seat, and Renault, all competing 24 hours a day.

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60 teams, including 226 of the best drivers in the world, are participating in the challenge, including the world champions, led by the legend Valentino Rossi, the 9-time world champion in motorcycle racing, who is participating for the first time in motor racing, and the 43-year-old Rossi joins the Belgian team, where he drives a car. 46 BMW GT3 in the race, after retiring from motorcycle racing in 2021, and Rossi joins Maxime Martin, winner of the Spa 24 Hours Championship and also the 24 Hours of Le Mans class, Sean Gilael, World Endurance Championship driver, and Briton Tim White.

There will be three Emirati teams participating in the race: the Rabdan Motorsport Team (922), the Dragon Racing Team (GT4), and the Salusin Racing Team (GT3 / Pro-Am). The Rabdan Motors Team will be led by Saif Al Ameri. Fully Emirati drivers.

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The 18th edition of the challenge will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 13, 14 and 15, with the participation of 226 drivers of 33 different nationalities, with four drivers taking turns driving in each car, and the number of participating cars is 54 cars of various types of cars, which includes 12 types of international cars. They compete 24 hours a day.

Dubai continues to host international races for various types of cars that attract the world’s elite drivers, and provides speed sports enthusiasts with the opportunity to follow the various competitions, as the “Hancock Challenge” will be the first in the 2023 car championships, and it is considered one of the most powerful and exciting endurance races for cars, as it is the opening round of the series. 24-hour races for the year 2023, which include nine other global stations that are held in various countries of the world. The main race in the Dubai Challenge starts at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, and the winner of the race is announced 24 hours after the start, that is, at 3:00 pm. 00 p.m. Sunday, January 15th.

The racing events will be broadcasted on the official YouTube channel of the Hancock 24 Hours, where there will be full coverage of the 30-minute qualifying, the 90-minute night training, and the full 24-hour race.