24h Dubai - The First Eight Hours review

24h Dubai - The First Eight Hours review

14.01.2017: Under warm skies and in front of a large crowd, thousands of horsepower coming from the nearly 100 cars on the grid was unleashed on the

Under warm skies and in front of a large crowd, thousands of horsepower coming from the nearly 100 cars on the grid was unleashed on the world. Jeroen Bleekemolen (No. 2 Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3) and Mirko Bortolotti (No. 963 Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan) sprinted away from most of the others, engaging in a battle that lasted through their opening stints.



Although the Mercedes remained ahead there was little to choose between them. Indeed, Bleekemolen dipped below the class reference time, consuming one of the precious joker cards allowed over the race’s first 22 hours.
 


Not all got away smoothly. Bert de Heus brought the No 19 Eurotrac Dodge Viper in with a broken differential while Umair Khan suddenly had the ZRT Motorsport Honda go into limp mode. He brought the No. 48 car into the pits for a reset but after another lap and another reset the same thing continued to happen.




Kenneth Pedersen in the No. 53 Team Sally Clio and Jamie Stanley in the No. 111 Lotus had a bit of a bumpfest and both cars returned for moderate repairs. About 35 minutes in we saw the first of what appeared to be a scheduled stop with the No. 3 Black Falcon Mercedes of Yelmer Buurman saying hello to his pit crew.



Once again the electrics disintegrated on the No. 48 Honda Integra—this time stranding it on the course and bringing out the first Code 60 neutralization. It was extended a few minutes to clean up some debris.



 Among the pit callers was the No. 66 Attempto Racing Porsche, which had the distinction of being the first car to change drivers—from Jürgen Häring to Phillip Wlazik. Significantly, the Herberth Motorsport team made an uncharacteristic mistake, calling the No. 911 Porsche of Robert Renauer into the pits just before the track went green—thus only able to take on a half allotment of fuel but suffering time loss while the field was at speed.
 


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-János Wimpffen- photo Creventic

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