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Bad luck for MRS Racing in the desert.

Bad luck for MRS Racing in the desert.

15.01.2014: Dunlop 24 hours race Dubai. The first race of the 2014 season was accompanied by bad luck for the MRS

Dunlop 24 hours race Dubai.




The first race of the 2014 season was accompanied by bad luck for the MRS team. While running without any little problem at the 12 hours race in Abu Dhabi in December, so in Dubai the gear box of the Porsche GT3 Cup already quit after the free practice.


The damage was so big that some spare parts have to be flown in from Germany over night so that the MRS mechanics could rebuild a new gear box. Because the spare parts supply for the brand-new Porsche is still slowing down a bit, it was not possible to get a complete spare part gear box.


So it was just enough to drive one lap at the qualifying; first at the two-hour night practice the car was completely ready for action. No easy task for the driver line-up of MRS, especially because the Dubai newcomer Samson Chan, George Chou and Rinat Salikhov were missing important practice time.


MRS spearhead and Supercup record champion Patrick Huisman had to start the race from the 39th position out of 80 starters in the field. With an excellent run Huisman reached until the end of his stint the first position in the class of the Cup cars and drove the MRS Porsche to the top of the field before he hand over to Samson Chan.


In the further hours the Porsche GT3 drove without any problem, the MRS drivers Rinat Salikhov, George Chou and Max Braams confirmed the top position in the class of the Porsche Cup cars. While Huisman drove his second stint, after seven hours he told via radio about loud gear box noises.


After a quick check at the pit stop he continued his run, but after eight hours he had to park the Porsche because of gear box damage.


Karsten Molitor, team leader
: „Of course we are all very disappointed. We prepared very well, despite of the spare parts shortage we were prepared for almost all eventualities and we made so many efforts by flying in important spare parts over night.


All our drivers did a great job and were able to drive to the top, despite of the bad starting position. It is very sad that all the efforts did not pay off. Thank you to the drivers and to the tireless MRS crew who again gave everything. We are looking ahead and sure be back next year.”
 
      
 

Result Qualifying



01.    Nathan/Werkman/Abresch/van’t Hoff/Pastorelli
02.    Al Qubaisi/Bleekemolen/Schneider/Simonsen
03.    Klohs/Ragginger/Asch/de Phillippi
04.    Al Qubaisi/Bleekemolen/Bin Turki Al Faisal/Haupt/Christodoulou
05.    Dalla Lana/Auberlen/Cameron/Werner/Hürtgen
06.    Mowlem/Griffin/Arya/Magnussen
07.    Yu/Lyons/Merlin/Sawa/O’Young
08.    Mücke/Turner/Fujii/O’Young/Yu
09.    Walkenhorst/Oeverhaus/Schmid/Richter/Hürtgen
10.    Talkanitsa Sr/Talkanitsa Jr/Bruni/Vilander


Result Race



01.    Ineichen/Ineichen/Matter/Amstutz/Engelhart
02.    Münnich/Basseng/Huff
03.    Al Qubaisi/Bleekemolen/Bin Turki Al Faisal/Haupt/Christodoulou
04.    Mattschull/Seefried/Ehret/Kaffer/Kogay
05.    Nathan/Werkman/Abresch/van’t Hoff/Pastorelli
06.    Walkenhorst/Oeverhaus/Schmid/Richter/Hürtgen
07.    Grogor/Al Mudhaf/Jawa/Fatien
08.    Webb/Tutumlu Lopez/Stovicek/Mori/Mul
09.    Barreiros/Dhillon/Maris/Scott/Ilya
10.    Dalla Lana/Auberlen/Cameron/Werner/Hürtgen



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15.01.2014 / MaP

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