Dutch race organisers Creventic have announced major changes to the structure of the 2018 24H Series and the associated classes and events. Primarily an amateur focused organisation, Creventic has gathered the thoughts and wishes from many of the teams, drivers and circuit owners and used these to plan the new structure for 2018.
- 3 Series
- Combined races
- New schedule
- New class structure
- No reference lap times
Proto, GT, TCE
For the 2018 24H Series, the new concept is three separate series: 24H GT Series, 24H TCE Series and the 24H Proto Series. For the majority of events, the 24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series will run in the same race, with overall classifications for both series and two separate podium ceremonies. The 24H Proto series will join the GT and TCE Series at selected events, but also run stand alone races.
All three series will be present at the Dubai Autodrome in January, but will compete in separated races. 24H Proto Series will start the action on the 5th and 6th of January. A week later, the GT and TCE Series combine in the Hankook 24H Dubai, forming a round of each championship.
Formula 1 Facilities
The 2018 24H Series calendar is not yet complete, but Creventic plans to avoid date clashes with other major series. A mix of 12 and 24 hour races are planned, with a minimum gap of one month between each event to allow competitors preparation time. The traditional early events at Mugello in March and Silverstone in April remain, followed by a June/July event at Paul Ricard before a summer break. After the holiday, the action returns at Barcelona, before Spa and COTA. The calendar is not final, and events at Imola, Red Bull Ring, Brno and Portimao are also under consideration.
New Class Structure
An officially endorsed GT4 class will debut in 2018, taking advantage of the worldwide GT4 boom. The Porsche 991 class will have a raised profile, with the addition of the new second-generation Porsche 991 Cup car. New classes based on VLN V4 and V5 are introduced, with TCP1 for cars with an engine capacity up to 2.5L, and TCP2 for capacities up to 3.0L. The agreement with TCR International remains in place to continue the successful TCR class.
The new class structure sees the end of the reference lap times for the series. As part of the 2018 restructure, it appears the feedback Creventic have received is that the reference lap times are no longer needed.
All 2018 24H Series races will be streamed live, with commentary provided by the Radio Le Mans team. Watch them live, or replayed on tRL TV, and check out the 24H Series section for more news and comment. Official Site: Creventic.com