The first Pole to win the 24-hour race on the Barcelona track

Barcelona, Artur Chwist and his team on the podium

Victory in the Hankook 24H Barcelona

Artur Chwist, alongside the Austrian Razoon team, won the first place in the GTX class of the Hankook 24H Barcelona race behind the wheel of a KTM X-bow GTX. This is the first victory achieved by a Polish driver in the 24H GT series. The event itself is considered to be one of the most important ones in Europe, right after the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Chwist, a grandson of Sobiesław Zasada, a true legend of rallies, drove around for the entire day, switching with three members of the Austrian team. Altogether, they completed 685 laps around the 4657 metres long Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track—the same track Formula 1 takes place on.

It’s the third time I raced on this track, and at last, I did it! We are exceptionally lucky, and it’s all thanks to the other drivers and the team as a whole. The race was extremely tiring and demanding. We barely slept—we kept fighting until the very end - said the Polish driver at the finish line.

This type of endurance-focused races is designed for the so-called supercars. Vehicles used in these include McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrar, Porsche, or Mercedes AMG.

Chwist has been participating in car sprints and long-distance races for a decade now, most recently as part of the 4F Fuel team. His grandfather, Sobiesław Zasada—the most decorated Polish rally driver—won 148 rallies and 3 Europe championships. In 2021, he became the oldest WRC driver, joining the Safari Rally at 91 years old.


The power of experience, the strength of generations