30+ racing icons confirmed for Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival

30+ racing icons confirmed for Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival

Winner of last year’s event, James Hunt’s Hesketh 308b, confirmed to compete again in Dubai
Will be joined by icons of F1, Group C sports car racing, GT and 2000s prototypes, including the 1981 Constructors’ Championship winning Williams FW07C
Former F1 and Group C racers of the 1970s, 80s and 90s will go wheel-to-wheel, including famous former F1 world champions
These icons of motorsport will take to the Dubai Autodrome from 25-27 November

With five months left until the Dubai Autodrome is illuminated with the sound and colour of motorsport icons, more than 30 outstanding racing examples have now been confirmed to compete. Formula One legends, including last year’s winner, James Hunt’s first Grand Prix winning car and the 1981 Constructors’ Champion, the Williams FW07C.

Hesketh 308b (1974)
Last year’s winner of the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival, the 1975 Hesketh 308b is an iconic example of British engineering which gave James Hunt his first win in Formula One. Following mixed results at the start of the ’75 season, including a second-place finish in Argentina, Hunt powered the Hesketh 308B to victory at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. This led to a respectable fourth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship before Hesketh closed its doors due to financial challenges and sold the 308B chassis to a privateer outfit.

Williams FW07C (1981)
Driven by reigning world champion Alan Jones and his teammate Carlos Reutemann to the 1981 Formula One Constructors’ Championship, the FW07C was designed by the legendary Patrick Head. This Ford-Cosworth DFV powered machine picked up four wins throughout the season, including two in the USA, as well as in Argentina and Belgium.

Benetton B192 (1992) 
The Benetton B192 is a car which occupies a significant seat in Formula One history. The B192 claimed victory at the 1992 Belgium Grand Prix, which also marked the first of Michael Schumacher’s 91 Formula One victories. At the hands of Michael and his teammate, Martin Brundle, the car would be driven to third in the constructors’ championship, picking up 11 podiums along the way.

Outside of the cockpit, the B192 was graced with the input of legendary designers and engineers, with Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Frank Dernie and Pat Symonds all part of the team that designed and built the race-winning car.

Ferrari 643 (1991) 
Ferrari’s entrant to the 1991 Formula Season, the 643, was driven by four-time world champion Alain Prost and his compatriot teammate, Jean Alesi. Powered by a 700bhp V12 engine, the 643 picked up six podiums throughout the 1991 season, notably a second-place finish at Prost’s home Grand Prix, and a third-place in front of the Tifosi at Monza.

Porsche 962 (1986)  
An icon of sports car racing, the Porsche 962 picked up plenty of silverware throughout 1986. Driven to victory at Le Mans by Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Al Holbert, the 962 was also victorious at the Road America 500 miles and Spa 1000km, to name but a few of its triumphs. 

Maserati MC12 GT1 (2007) 
The Maserati MC12 GT1 is a six-litre V12 beast which was driven to FIA GT Championship success four times between 2005 and 2009. An important car in Maserati’s illustrious history, this Frank Stephenson designed machine was developed to signal the Italian marque’s return to racing after 37 years.

Pescarolo 01-05 LMP1 (2007) 
The first sports prototype racing car built by the French marque, Pescarolo, the 01 was designed specifically with Le Mans in mind. At the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Pescarolo 01 was driven to a third-place finish by Emmanuel Collard, Jean-Christophe Bouillon and Romain Dumas. Further success was to follow as well, with further podiums achieved at the Nürburgring 1000km and Spa 1000km.

Pierre-Brice Mena, Managing Director of GP Extreme
“The addition of these iconic cars to this year’s grid brings an added level of excitement to the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival. These legends of the pinnacle of global motorsport promise to have fans on the edge of their seat, with their sheer speed and hair-raising sounds bringing history to life at the Dubai Autodrome. With more cars still to be confirmed, this year’s race will be a true spectacle for motorsport fans.

“As well as the races, the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival will offer fans a unique experience that blends the excitement of motorsport with luxury lifestyle. We have created an immersive event with activities for all the family, including music, a classic car concours and a gala dinner.

The event will take place at the 5.4km-long Dubai Autodrome, which has hosted rounds of the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship, A1 Grand Prix and GP2 Asia Series since 2004.


Image: 1987 Jochen Mass Porsche 962 (courtesy Roger Swan)

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