It seems that the need for speed really got into the Genii Capital and Lotus F1 Team principal Gerard Lopez, as the Luxembourgian entrepreneur wasn’t happy to be just watching the squad where he does his investment and decided to try his luck into endurance racing, returning for the Dubai 24 Hours in 2016.
Lopez is going for his second year in the endurance classic held at the Dubai Autodrome, as he made his debut last year driving the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 of the Gravity Racing International squad alongside with fellow Genii Capital CEO Eric Lux, Lotus F1 Team board member Andy Ruhan and the professional drivers Vincent Radermecker and Loris de Sordi, not finishing the race after 505 laps.
The desert quest in the start of the next year will continue with Gravity Racing International and is supposed to continue with a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, as Lopez will continue with Lux and Radermacker and will welcome the experienced driver Christian Kelders to give a more competitive approach to the team.
Even though Gravity Racing International is a well known team in the Belgian and in the international sportscar scenario and the lineup seems more promising, their mission won’t be easy as various teams will have good Professional drivers at Dubai, and some lineups will even have factory drivers on it, as the examples of Black Falcon, Konrad Motorsport, Car Collection, Hofor Racing and Ram Racing. The machinery part may take its toll too, as some teams are bringing new cars to the race, such as the new Audi R8 LMS, the Mercedes AMG GT3, the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and a Renault RS01 that will be equalized with the GT3 field.
The 2016 edition of the Dubai 24 Hours, the opening round of the 24H SERIES, will occur on January 15th-16th, and at the moment the entry list has 98 entries, split between 10 classes ranging from fully fledged sportcars to race-prepped touring and production cars.
PHOTOS: 24H SERIES