Reuniting with V8 Racing, the team with which the Dundee driver secured a runner-up spot in the A6-AM class during last year’s instalment of the twice-round-the-clock encounter, Hutchison will again mount a challenge for victory with the Dutch squad.
Forming part of a five-driver line-up for the team’s impressive and proven 5.5-litre Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1, the 18-year-old will be joined by Duncan Huisman, Luc Braams, Wolf Nathan and ‘Pro’ driver Nicky Pastorelli.
Beginning with practice and qualifying next Thursday, 10th January, the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai race will get underway at 15.00 (local time) on Friday, 11th January, with the chequered flag falling at the same time on Saturday, 12th January.
Marking Hutchison’s third outing in the now traditional year-opening endurance race, Dubai Autodrome certainly holds happy memories for the Scottish teenager. After winning the TCR class at the wheel of an Audi in 2017, on his debut in the GT3 Chevrolet last year Hutchison impressed once again as V8 Racing claimed a strong second place in the A6-AM class.
“I’m really happy to be back with the V8 Racing guys for Dubai, it’s a great team and a fantastic event”, said the Hutchison Technologies, Evoson and In-Home Displays backed driver, “I’m looking forward to having another crack at trying to win the A6-AM class and I think we have a great chance.
“The Chevrolet is a really strong car, great to drive, and last year it was faultless over the course of the 24 hours. Obviously, reliability is what you need in such a long race and I know V8 Racing will pull out all the stops again to give us the best chance possible of fighting for the win.”
In addition to last year’s outing in Dubai with the team, Hutchison also contested two GT4 European Series races with V8 Racing in a Chevrolet Camaro. When a luckless fire in his, then regular, McLaren 570S at the Hungaroring in September left the Scotsman at threat of having to sit-out the event, the Dutch squad and Luc Braams stepped in.
With Braams standing aside to allow Hutchison to join Duncan Huisman to race the No.9 Camaro, the pairing absolutely starred with an incredible performance – carving through from their enforced back-of-the-grid start in 42nd position to finish in the top eight in the second contest.
Full coverage of the 2019 staging of the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai will be available at the official You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/24HSeries