Pirelli GT4 America race winner Rianna O'Meara Hunt is set to enter the upcoming 24H of Dubai at the wheel of Century Motorsport's BMW M4 GT4.
New Zealander Rianna O'Meara Hunt is set to enter her first 24 Hours of Dubai, joining the ranks of Century Motorsport in the GT4 class.
The British team - one of the leading outfits competing in British GT, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Ginetta championships - entered two BMW M4 GT3, respectively in the Pro/Am and Am class, as well as a BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 category of the Dubai 24 Hours, the Creventic's flagship event. Logistic challenges in the Red Sea forced the organizers to move the date of the race, which shuffled some of the teams' line ups.
Century Motorsport has now announced its GT4 line up who will tackle the prestigious race that traditionally opens the endurance racing calendar. A blend of experienced racers and young talents will see David Holloway, Piers Johnson, BTCC driver Nick Halstead and Rianna O'Meara Hunt alternating behind the wheel of the #429 BMW M4 GT4.
The 22 year-old New Zealander has made headlines in the national karting scene, with several history-making victories that brought her to represent her country in European's top karting competitions. In 2017 she was the first ever female to become Australian Rotax State Champion; in the same year she also won New Zealand Rotax Max Challenge rounds and was North Island Champion in the DVS Senior Class in 2020. She continued to collect successes in the NZ Superkart Nationals throughout 2022 and 2023.
At the same time, O'Meara Hunt graduated to race cars in 2022 and took part in the popular Toyota 86 Championship as part of the inaugural The Heart of Racing Academy. Furthermore, she would complete a series of testing days in Aston Martin GT4 machinery.
At the end of the year, she was selected for the first Heart of Racing female driver selection - and emerged as one of the two winners, alongside American Hannah Grisham, securing a seat in the Pirelli GT4 America championship.
Over the 7 rounds, Rianna got up to speed with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the first part of the season, claiming three top-5 finishes in the AM class as well as top-20s overall.
At the season finale in Indianapolis, O'Meara Hunt and Grisham made history by taking a stunning double class victory that represented the first ever all female team win in the Aston Martin Vantage.
Now entering only her third year of car racing - and second in GT4 - O'Meara Hunt will contest her first 24 hour race, as well as learn the BMW M4 platform. It will be her first start in the Creventic series.
The race is scheduled for 26-27-28 January at the iconic Dubai Autodrome.