New 24H SERIES Continents champions crowned at the Hankook 24H COTA USA
News | December 8, 2019
Austin TX (17 September, 2019) – After a season encompassing three continents, seven countries and more than 18,000km, the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook signed off its 2019 season in style at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, with the coronation of our new 24H SERIES Continents champions.
 

           
Our new titleholders competed at four races dedicated to the 24H SERIES Continents championship across the Middle East, Europe and North America. More than 11 months of frenetic endurance racing action ended with the outright GT and TCE division crowns, as well as the category titles therein, being taken down to the wire.
 
Leipert Motorsport (#710) capped off a successful season with its third class win of the 24H SERIES Continents season at the Hankook 24H COTA USA, the German team’s haul of 85 points proving enough to secure both the Overall GT Teams’ championship and the SPX-class title. Having competed at each ‘Continents’ race with Leipert Motorsport this season, Harald Schlotter simultaneously secured the Overall GT Drivers’ championship alongside SPX honours. This marks the German driver’s first series title.
 
Interestingly, Leipert Motorsport used two different cars en-route to this year’s GT division 24H SERIES Continents title, a win in Portimão mid-season with the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 bookended by wins with the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo 2018 in Dubai and Austin, Texas. Team principal Ingo Leipert assured CREVENTIC that the Lamborghini would be back in action when his eponymous outfit begins its title defence at next year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI, a race the team knows extremely well.
 
“It’s been a fantastic and amazing season!” Leipert explained. “We have been competing with CREVENTIC since the very beginning in 2006, and we’ve followed them to every race in Dubai every year since then. So, of course, our Lamborghini will be back in action again in 2020, and we’re looking forward to another win in Dubai.
 
“We’re also very happy to be participating in the 24H SERIES Continents again, and even more so to win the Overall GT title for both the team and our driver. It’s the second time in three years we’ve won the SPX-class, so there is plenty to celebrate!”
 
Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing’s (#112) stellar season in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook concluded with another TCE and TCR-class title win, this time in the 24H SERIES Continents. The Swiss outfit got its new partnership off to a great start in Dubai with TCE victory straight out of the blocks, a result swiftly followed by another win in Portimão and 3rd in-class in Barcelona.
 
Despite a tough race for the #112 Volkswagen Golf GTI in Austin, Texas, 3rd place overall and 82 points in total was enough to claim both the TCR-class and Overall TCE Teams’ 24H SERIES Continents crown. Jérôme Ogay and Yannick Mettler have also been crowned the new Overall TCE Drivers’ champions.
 
“It’s been amazing!” explained Wolf Power Racing team owner, Adrian Wolf.  “At the start of the season, my goal was for us to fight for the TCE podium at every race, and that is not easy in a series like this where the competition is so close. But to get only podiums with the #112 all season? We never thought we’d be this successful! The whole team has done a brilliant job.”
 
After taking its first A6-Am class win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas, the Car Collection Motorsport Audi RS8 LMS (#34) secured both the A6 and A6-Am class titles in the 24H SERIES Continents after a hard-fought fight with Herberth Motorsport (#91) and CP Racing (#85). The German team started its year in style with an outright win at the Hankook 24H DUBAI for its #88 Audi, while the sister #34 entry dutifully collected 3rd in-class in Dubai and 2nd in A6-Am in Barcelona before its win in Texas. Those 78 accumulated points simultaneously secure teammates Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff and Elmar Grimm the A6 and A6-Am class Drivers’ crowns too.
 
Porsche Lorient Racing (#911) capped a successful year for the Porsche 991-II Cup with a 991-class 24H SERIES Continents championship in COTA, one round after the 24H SERIES stalwart had secured the 991-class European title. Like Car Collection Motorsport, the #911 Porsche Lorient Racing entry secured its first class win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas after consecutive podium finishes at Dubai, Portimão and Barcelona. As the only driver to compete with the team at every ‘Continents’ round, Frédéric Ancel has been crowned 991-class Drivers’ champion.
 
Having gone into this year’s Hankook 24H COTA USA in contention for the Overall GT Teams’ 24H SERIES Continents title, the Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4 (#451) capped off a successful year with its third consecutive 2nd place in-class at the Circuit of the Americas. In doing so, the German outfit claimed the GT4 Teams’ title and secured the Drivers’ crowns for Björn Simon, Simon Tibbett and Olaf Meyer.
 
The 2019 Hankook 24H COTA USA drew a frenetic season of endurance racing action in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook to a close at the Circuit of the Americas, although the start of the 2020 season is now just seven weeks away. A New Year of endurance racing kicks off with the 15th annual running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI at the Dubai Autodrome on 9-10-11 January 2020. From there, the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook travels to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the first ever Hankook 12H MONZA and the start of the European season on 27-28 March. Further details on the upcoming season can be found at www.24hseries.com or via +31 485 471 166.