Race day for Harris Irfan during his first ever 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race. Missed part 1? Click here!
A crisp morning, a blue sky and freshness in the air. “We’ll find out where we are about 20 hours into the race,” says Paul bullishly. And indeed, perhaps the more powerful cars in D1 will struggle with reliability over the full 24 hours.
Spencer is convinced we have a strong chance of success if we bang out metronomically consistent lap times. I would like what he’s smoking, please. This is the World’s Slowest Car.
Lined up right at the back of the grid, I am suffering my own private existential crisis. Why am I even here?
Paul’s experience of 24 hour racing and the manic rolling starts of the UAE GT Championship means he will start the race. A clean start, phew! He settles in for the long haul.
Code 60, the endurance racing equivalent of a pace car: a Porsche 997 Cup has crashed spectacularly on the opening lap and all cars must maintain 60kph. Paul is forlornly at the back of the grid.
Green flag restart. Almost immediately, we’re lapped by the leading cars.
Paul has climbed to 77th overall and one of our rival BMWs is already in the pits. With 40-75bhp advantages over our car, our heavily modified rivals are overheating, despite this being a relatively cold day by Dubai standards.