LIVE STREAMING for the 2016 Dubai 24Hrs
And so the 12 month wait is at an end with just a few hours left to go before the green flag drops for the 2016 Dubai 24 Hours. And already, the brand new Audi R8 LMS has stolen a march. After a fraught qualifying session in which Nicky Pastorelli looked set to repeat his 2014 pole lap aboard the #333 V8 Racing Chevrolet Corvette, a late surge from Christian Jöns in the #4 C.ABT Racing Audi R8 LMS saw Ingolstadt snatch the top spot, just three-tenths ahead of the #28 Land-Motorsport GmbH-run R8. Ingolstadt’s strong start to the weekend was emphasised yet further by the #19 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8 taking fourth on the grid, the Audis split by a Pastorelli’s scintillating effort in the A6-AM Corvette.
Defending Dubai 24 Hours champions Black Falcons took seventh on the grid in the brand new AMG GT3, first unveiled to the automotive masses at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The #2 Abu Dhabi Racing entry though heads the inter-team battle in fifth at a race the AMG GT3’s predecessor has won three times in the last four outings. On their respective race debuts, the new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and RenaultSport RS01 FGT3 placed 10th (15th overall) and 14th (30th) in-class respectively with Konrad Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing.
The #203 Vortex V8 GC Automobile GC 10 V8 and #223 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 meanwhile topped the SP2 and SP3 classes respectively. Black Falcon meanwhile placed first and third in-class with the #60 and #61 991 Cup cars, while 24HSERIES reigning champions Memac Oglivy Duel Racing headed the touring car field in the #1 SEAT Leon Cup Racer.
*Shots courtesy of Nick Dungan Photography