This summer, for the very first time, CREVENTIC is set to host an endurance event on a street circuit at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real in Portugal.
Having recently finalized details with Vila Real circuit management, CREVENTIC can now confirm that a split six-hour endurance race will be held at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real across the 14-15-16 July weekend, one week on from the inaugural Hankook 12H ESTORIL on 7-8 July. The first-ever 6H VILA REAL will be run as a non-championship round with a view to Vila Real’s possible inclusion as a championship-round of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in the seasons to come.
The Circuito Internacional de Vila Real would become the 25th different circuit to host the Dutch promoter since the inaugural 24H SERIES event at the Dubai Autodrome in 2006.
Helen Roukens, CREVENTIC team relations: “This is a very big moment for us. We are always looking for ways to expand our horizons for our competitors and our fans, as we’ve proven at many of the most celebrated racing venues around the world. So to be given the chance to host an endurance event at one of Portugal’s most charismatic street circuits is a great opportunity for CREVENTIC and our teams, many of whom we are confident will be excited to make this step with us. We’d like to thank the management team at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real for their help making the 6H VILA REAL a reality.”
Rui Santos, Mayor of Vila Real: “Vila Real has established itself as one of the most exciting and competitive urban circuits in the world. Despite having held car races since 1931, the last few years, with the FIA WTCC and WTCR, have put our circuit on everyone's scope. After the sprint races with TCR cars, we think this is the time to receive GTs and remember the endurance races that took place here in the 1970s. We found in Creventic a fantastic partner and we look forward to welcoming thousands and thousands of people in July, at the biggest race event ever in Vila Real.”
The planned three-day format is scheduled to begin with 4.5 hours of private testing on Friday 14 July. 45 minutes of Qualifying – which will observe the same three, 15-minute format currently run at 12-hour 24H SERIES events – and ‘part one’ of the 6H VILA REAL are set to follow on Saturday 15 July. The first three hours of the race itself will draw to a close at sunset, and CREVENTIC’s traditional overnight intervention will be ushered in via an enormous display of fireworks.
The weekend concludes with the final three hours of the 6H VILA REAL on Sunday 16 July. Live streaming will be available across CREVENTIC’s YouTube and social media channels, including commentary from the esteemed radiolemans.com.
Scheduled one week after the 24H SERIES’ inaugural visit to the Circuito do Estoril in a bid to offer established and new competitors further racing excitement in Portugal’s blissful climes, the split, non-championship, six-hour race will be open to teams and drivers in both the GT and TCE divisions.