Iberian Supercars Endurance series will launch the final phase of its 2022 season with a maiden appearance at the iconic Hankook 24 Hours of Barcelona this weekend (September 9/10).
Normally, the weekends of the series consist of two races and two qualifying sessions per weekend, but for the first time, the series will run for two hours alongside the 24H SERIES field with title battle now taking centre stage - 2 Hours of Barcelona.
Three crews remain in the hunt for the big prize in the GT4 Pro class, with Lema Racing duo Manuel Gião/Elias Niskanen (Mercedes AMG GT4) leading the way after a resounding double win at Portimão. Their principal opposition comes from SMC Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4s. Its pairing of Fernando Navarrete and Gonzalo de Andrés are 10 points off the lead heading to Barcelona. Guillermo Aso/Tomás Pinto are Also on title run and have shown in past events that they are podium contenders. After a promising debut in Portimão, Spanish ace Quique Bordás will be joined by João Carvalhosa in the Garagem João Gomes Porsche Cayman GT4.
The GT4 Bronze class title is wide open. ProGT-run Andrius Zemaitis (Porsche Cayman GT4) is six points ahead of Portuguese duo Miguel Cristóvão/Francisco Carvalho (McLaren 570S GT4) of Araújo Competição. With two podiums in the GTC class won in Portimão, Álvaro Ramos and Fred Block, in the McLaren 570S GT4 Trophy of Araújo Competição, come to Barcelona aiming to gain as many points as possible to move up in the standings, in a race in which JOTA Motorsport's Ginetta G50 pair Juan Carlos Arias and Tom Seldon make their debut in the championship.
With identical Hankook tyres and the same BoP, the Iberian teams will face the opposition of the 24H SERIES regulars like the AtlasBX Motorsports' Mercedes-AMG GT4 or the BMW M4 GT4 of Senkyr Motorsport's BMW M4 GT4, besides the eight cars of the TCR class, namely three CUPRA TCR DSG, two CUPRA Leon Competición TCR, two Audi RS3 LMS DSG and one Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
The weekend kicks off on Friday (9th), with free practice (13:00/13:50 Spanish time), followed by the qualifying session (15:45/16:31). On Saturday, the start of the 24 Hours of Barcelona by Hankook is scheduled for 13:00 local time, and at 15:00 - when two hours of racing will be completed - the chequered flag will be shown to the drivers participating in the Iberian series.