As I’m sure we’re all aware by now, the Dubai 24 Hours represents the annual “final” prize for GT Academy. The 2013 race is less than a week away from us and the 2012 winners have been allocated their seats for this year’s race, each looking to better last year’s podium result.
Divided into two RJN Motorsport Nissan 370Zs, each winner is paired with another and two more experienced drivers. Taking car #127 are European winner Wolfgang Reip and Russian winner Mark Shulzhitskiy, who find themselves paired with the Academy’s first winner Lucas Ordoñez in his fourth Dubai 24h and Signatech Nissan driver Roman Rusinov. Roman is both a teammate of the 2010 Academy winner Jordan Tresson at Signatech – driving the #26 car to 4th in class at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours – and a judge of the 2012 Academy competition for Russia.
The second car, #147, will be driven by US winner Steve “Dan Mitchell” Doherty and German winner Peter Pyzera. Their experienced teammates are RJN Motorsport driver Alex Buncombe, who’s paired each of the European Academy winners in their debut seasons, and perennial Academy judge and Queen of the Ring Sabine Schmitz.
Both cars are in the SP3 class, competing against a mix of GT4-bracket Aston Martins, BMW M3s and Ginetta G50s. Academy fans might also like to keep an eye out for judge Rob Barff, who is again in on the action in the A6 class #88 Dragon Racing Ferrari 458 Italia.
Qualification starts at 12.00 GMT/UTC on January 10th, with the race getting underway at 10.00 GMT/UTC on January 11th. Media coverage will be available at: