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Hankook 24H Dubai: Qualifying

Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2018:  In a race normally dominated by German cars, a Lamborghini Huracán GT3, driven by GRT Grasser Racing Team, has upset the established order and claimed pole position for the 2018 Hankook 24H Dubai at Dubai Autodrome.

Hankook 24H Dubai Qualifying Pit Lane at Dubai Autodrome. Photo: Darren Rycroft
Hankook 24H Dubai Qualifying Pit Lane at Dubai Autodrome. Photo: Darren Rycroft

 

Up until the end of qualifying it appeared that the number 777 Audi R8 LMS of MS7 by WRT had the top spot clinched, but a costly penalty during a yellow flag session dropped the team all of the way down to eleventh on the grid.

The number 964 Lamborghini Huracán took full advantage, with Mirko Bortolotti of GRT Grasser Racing Team nabbing pole position with a best lap time of 1m56.716s, setting a record qualifying lap.

GRT Grasser Racing Team (Ineichen/Ineichen/Engelhart/Bortolotti). Photo: Arthur Rosales

 

In the previous twelve years, only German cars have managed to take overall victory in the Hankook 24H Dubai.  Only a handful of Ferarris have come close to toppling the Teutonic supremacy of this iconic endurance race.

Now a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 has a chance to make history.  Twenty-four hours will tell.

“Last year, we were unfortunate as we were taken out of the race,” Bortolotti said. “Of course, now we want to make up for that bad luck and we will do our very best to score the first win for Lamborghini here in Dubai.”

The Black Falcon team saw its two Mercedes-AMG GT3s end up second and third, with the #3 car (Al Qubaisi/Bleekemolen/Stolz/Mezger) ahead of the #2 entry (Al Faisal/Haupt/Buurman/Piana).

Sunset on Hankook 24H Dubai Qualifying. Photo: Darren Rycroft
Sunset on Hankook 24H Dubai Qualifying. Photo: Darren Rycroft

 

The race roars into action at 14.00 on Friday (12 January) and a new winner will not be crowned until 14.00 on Saturday (13 January).

The race paddock and grandstand areas of Dubai Autodrome will be open to the public, with plenty of entertainment on and off-track, including food trucks, merchandise, a kid’s play zone, RaceRoom sim racing and a big screen TV with live commentary.

Article: Aaron Meriwether & Creventic
Photos: Darren Rycroft & Arthur Rosales

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