Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 07.12.2023 – Finale in the desert: another successful year in the 24H Series powered by Hankook draws to a close with the Hankook 12H Kuwait on 8th/9th December 2023. After the premiere in 2022, the prestigious endurance series lines up for the second time on the Grand Prix layout at Kuwait Motor Town. The defending champion is the CP Racing team, who won the inaugural race last year on the Ventus Race provided by exclusive tyre partner and title sponsor Hankook. This year, they are looking to repeat that feat with the same drivers. The 12-hour race gets underway at 10:00 local time on Saturday 9th December.
Last year, the Hankook 12H Kuwait was the first international car race with FIA approval to take place at Kuwait Motor Town since the circuit opened in 2019, and uncharted territory for the premium tyre maker. The Hankook Ventus Race impressed with a consistently high level of performance on the 5.156-kilometre track, which features high-speed straights, some very fast corners, and narrow, winding sections. The Hankook team provided perfect on-site support, courtesy of its engineers and mechanics. Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “We gathered a lot of data at the successful debut in 2022, which means we will be able to support the drivers and teams even more efficiently at the second staging of the race. I am looking forward to an exciting race at this cutting-edge facility, as another successful year together with our partner Creventic draws to an end.”
However, the premium tyre maker has no time to celebrate. The Hankook 12H Kuwait forms the opening round of the Middle East Trophy, which continues from 12th to 14th January 2024 with the Hankook 24H Dubai. More than 70 cars have already signed up for the 19th staging of the 24-hour classic, which Hankook is supporting for the tenth time as title sponsor and exclusive tyre partner. The Middle East Trophy concludes on 20th and 21st January 2024 with its third and final round, the Hankook 6H Abu Dhabi.
Hankook 12H Kuwait schedule (local time)
Friday, 8th December
10:00 - 11:30 Free practice, all classes
15:00 - 15:15 Qualifying 1, all classes
15:20 - 15:35 Qualifying 2, all classes
15:40 - 15:55 Qualifying 3, all classes
17:00 - 18:30 Night practice
Saturday, 9th December
10:00 - 22:00 Hankook 12H Kuwai