Motorsport champions confirmed to compete at the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival
Two-time Formula E World Champion, Jean-Éric Verge, joined by former teammate and 24 Hours of Le Mans triple-champion, André Lotterer, to race at event’s third edition
Oliver Webb, 2014 European Le Mans series champion, will endeavour to retain his title in the F1 70s category for a second time
Sophia Flörsch, Thierry Boutsen and Nicolas Prost, among other icons from the world of motorsport who will race at the Dubai Autodrome
The grid is forming for this year’s Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival, with world champions, race winners and podium regulars from various motorsport disciplines confirmed to compete in the desert sun at the Dubai Autodrome between 8-10 December.
This year’s grid will follow in the footsteps (or slipstream) of legends like Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell and Jack Brabham, who took motorsport to Dubai for the little known but legendary 1981 Dubai Grand Prix.
Making his debut at the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival will be the double Formula E World Champion and former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Jean-Éric Vergne. The first driver to retain the Formula E World Championship, the Frenchman has racked up 11 wins and 33 podiums during his time in Formula E and will compete for the DS Penske team in the upcoming season.
Returning to defend their titles at this year’s event will be André Lotterer and Oliver Webb. Three-time Le Mans champion, Lotterer, took the top spot in last year’s 00s GT and Prototype class, while Webb took top honours in the F1 70s category.
Making her second appearance at the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival will be Sophia Flörsch, currently part of the Alpine academy and fresh from battling around the narrow streets of the Macau Grand Prix.
Thierry Boutsen, a three-time Formula One Grand Prix winner with 15 podiums to his name, will return to the grid at the Dubai Autodrome. Boutsen made 163 Grand Prix starts between 1983 and 1993, racing for some of Formula One’s biggest names, including Benetton, Jordan, and the team for which he won three times, Williams.
Bearing one of the most recognisable names in motorsport, Nicolas Prost will also compete at this year’s event. Prost has competed across a range of categories throughout his career, picking up three Formula E race wins, as well as four wins in the World Endurance Championship.
Sebastian Bottinelli, Valentin Simonet and David Terrien, will all form part of this unmissable, star-studded grid at the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival, doing battle in some of motorsport’s most legendary and jaw-dropping machinery.
Frédéric Fatien, Founder of GP Extreme, commented: “We are hugely excited to welcome some of the world’s most talented drivers, from a broad range of racing categories and classes, to this year’s Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival. To be joined by these world champions and race winners is a huge privilege, and we can’t wait to see them put their skills to the test and bring the action to our uninhibited celebration of classic racing. This is something that fans simply cannot miss.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, added: “I am eager to take part in the Gulf Historic, which, to me, appears to one of the major events of this year’s end, featuring an atmosphere and line-up that promise to make it a memorable experience. The anticipation of being part of such a prestigious gathering is truly exciting, and I look forward to immersing myself in the unique blend of history, passion, and automotive excellence that the Gulf Historic is renowned for.”
These drivers will get behind the wheel of some of motorsport’s most recognisable and successful cars, from the Williams FW07C that secured the Formula World Championship in 1981, to the Le Mans icon that is the Ford GT40.
About Gulf Historic/GP Extreme
Gulf Historic is part of GP Extreme, a Dubai-based motorsports company created in 2015. Two years later, GP Extreme took its collection of historic F1 cars to the Yas Marina Circuit, organising what would become the genesis of Gulf Historic. Gulf Historic celebrates the flair of motorsports with some of the most iconic cars, guaranteed to turn heads at every corner with their unique designs and furious engines.
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