Schjerpen starts 2018 season with podium finish at the Dubai 24H

Schjerpen starts 2018 season with podium finish at the Dubai 24H

16.01.2018: Norway’s Aleksander Schjerpen got his 2018 season underway in the best possible fashion, with a podium finish on his return to the Creventic 24H Series race around the Dubai Autodrome last weekend.

Norway’s Aleksander Schjerpen got his 2018 season underway in the best possible fashion, with a podium finish on his return to the Creventic 24H Series race around the Dubai Autodrome last weekend.
 


The former British GT4 Championship front runner previously participated at this event for the first time in 2016 with Century Motorsport where he won the SP3 class on his debut. This time out he was returning to the event with his 2017 team, Leipert Motorsport aboard their faster Class SPX Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo, the same car he used to good effect at the final round of the 2017 season at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas to take a dramatic podium finish after they almost had their chances snatched in the closing moments of the race with a drive shaft issue.
 


Schjerpen’s race week began on Wednesday, with the team taking part in both of the days Optional Private tests. Joining Aleksander at the season opening event would be Oliver Webb, no stranger to Leipert Motorsport or the Dubai 24 Hour event, having previously finished on the podium five times, two of those with the German team. Joining the experienced pair for their first time aboard the Leipert Lamborghini would be Melvin Moh, and Lim Keong Wee.
 


Solid running throughout practice brought the crew to qualifying, a point in the event where conserving the car becomes crucial towards successfully finishing the race. Webb was elected to take care of qualifying the car for the race, and in just a couple of laps, had easily set the fastest lap in Class SPX to secure pole position and 24th overall by over one second. Now all that remained was for the crew to complete their first night time practice of the week on Thursday evening – each driver required to complete three laps to be allowed to start Friday’s race.
 


With a brief warm-up session on Friday morning completed by Aleksander as a final chance to ensure everything was in order in advance of the race, the team were ready to go twice around the clock amongst almost 90 other cars. When the lights went out just after 2pm local time, Oliver got off to a good start, settling into a consistent pace with the team setting themselves into a programme of maximising their strategy to deliver the result towards the end of the race.
 


The cycle of drivers for the event would be Webb starting, followed by Lim Keong Wee, Melvin Moh and then Schjerpen. With all drivers double stinting, it was after 7pm and well into darkness before Aleksander started his first race stint of the event, with the crew now sitting third in class and 24th overall. However, the team were confident in their strategy and confident that they were firmly on target. Completing a strong stint, Aleksander pitted maintaining their position to hand the car back to Webb for the next cycle of stints.
 


From there, Schjerpen was back in the car after 2am, again in the complete United Arab Emirates darkness for his second double stint of the race. Despite plenty of Code 60 drama on circuit, the Garage15 driver again kept his nose clean, a crucial factor towards completing a successful 24 Hours of hard racing.



Back in the car mid-morning for what would be his final double stint of the race, Aleksander brought car into the pits safely in second position in the SPX class and now creeping upwards in the top 20. Now it was over to Oliver Webb & Melvin Moh to complete the race with ease. However, inside the second last hour with Melvin at the helm, the teams one and only drama was about to occur.



Coming into the final corner, Moh suffered a heavy impact from an A6-AM Porsche into the left side of the car, causing some significant damage. Managing to dive into the pits, by the time he arrived at the team garage his engine bay was now on fire, but thanks to the quick reactions of the team, the fire was extinguished rapidly to prevent any further extensive damage. Sadly however, their flawless run was now at an end, the damage suffered bringing instant retirement.
 


Luckily however, their performances up to that point was enough to secure third in class SPX, a very deserving result for such a strong race up to that point.
 



Aleksander Schjerpen - #10 Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo:

“If I was to sum up the race, I guess it would be bitter-sweet. Overall it’s been a really good week here in Dubai. The car was brilliant and the team did a great job. All the drivers drove really well and the race couldn’t really have been any smoother, up to the point where we got the contact. Thank you to Oliver, Melvin and Lim for doing a great job, and to everyone at Leipert Motorsport for a superb job all week. Now it’s back to work on our plans for the rest of 2018!”
 
 

           
Paul Grogan photos Petr Fryba

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/aleksander-schjerpen-2018-season-podium-24h-dubai---171671.html

16.01.2018 / MaP

More News

Bonk motorsport mit errfolgreichem Saisonstart in Dubai
15.01.2018
Bonk Motorsport  holte beim 24h-Rennen in Dubai Klassensieg und Podiumsplatz „Mit unserem Abschneiden beim diesjährigen 24-Stunden-Rennen in Dubai können wir wirklich zufrieden. Ein Klassensieg und eine weitere Podiumsplatzierung könn more >>
Sorg Rennsport stellt den besten BMW M4 GT4 in Dubai
15.01.2018
 24h-Rennen Dubai/VAE 11.-13.01.2018Plätze zwei und fünf in der BMW-Cup-KlasseBeim 24 Stunden-Rennen von Dubai, dem Saisonauftakt zur Internationalen 24h-Series, startete Secu more >>
Vierter Platz für Philipp Frommenwiler bei den 24H Dubai
15.01.2018
Philipp Frommenwiler verfehlte bei seiner Premiere im 24-Stunden-Rennen auf dem Dubai Autodrome nur knapp das Podium. Nach einer spannenden Aufholjagd belegten der FACH AUTO TECH-Pilot und seine Teamkollegen Michael Hirschmann, Marcel Wagner, Peter Hegglin und Heinz Bruder den vi more >>
24h Dubai: First race outing for BMW M4 GT4 in customer hands.
14.01.2018
Successful debut: the BMW M4 GT4 mastered its first race outing in the hands of customers successfully, and proved its reliability in the process. All three BMW M4 GT4s in action made it to the finish line after 24 hours in the desert marathon in Dubai (UAE). more >>
Black Falcon Team 24h Dubai review
14.01.2018
Team BLACK FALCON have begun 2018 in the best possible fashion, taking first place overall in the 24 Hours Dubai. This year’s win – achieved in dominating style by the star line-up of Abdulaziz Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia), Hubert Haupt (Germany), Yelmer Buurman (Nether more >>
Saudi's Prince Abdulaziz creates history with 2nd victory at 24h Dubai
14.01.2018
... with Black Falcon Team Hankook 24H Dubai – January 11-13, 2018•    Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 claims fourth race victory by just two laps  more >>
Isaac Tutumlu delivers strong performance at Dubai 24h
13.01.2018
Despite it wasn’t a brilliant result at the end, a ninth place in A6-Am class as a result of several punctures and a collision at night when one his teammates crashed into a backmarker, Tutumlu put in brilliant stints fighting with GT3 factory drivers.  Is more >>
One-two victory for GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS at premiere in Dubai
13.01.2018
Customer team Phoenix Racing celebrates one-two class win in season opener        Three podium places in total for Audi Sport customer racing        All three race cars on more >>
Fach Auto Tech new season launched with victory in Dubai
13.01.2018
FACH AUTO TECH celebrated a Cup class victory after a powerful performance in the Dubai desert 24-hour-race. The Sattel team consisting of Matt Campbell, Thomas Preining, Julien Andlauer and Jens Richter, drove their Porsche to an overall 14th and first place in the 991 more >>
Precote Herberth Motorsport Dubai review
13.01.2018
Der Traum von Precote Herberth Motorsport auf den zweiten Gesamtsieg bei den 24 Stunden von Dubai ging nicht Erfüllung. Technische Probleme in der Nacht kosteten die Führung und jegliche Chancen auf einen Podestplatz. Mit Platz zehn im Gesamtklassement und Rang vier in der A6-AM-Klasse fand das Langstreckenrennen in der Wüste dennoch ein versöhnliches Ende. more >>
Mercedes-AMG wins a thrilling Dubai 24-hour race with BLACK FALCON
13.01.2018
The 2018 season starts with a victory for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport: in the 24-hour race at Dubai, the Customer Racing Teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored both the overall victory and the A6-PRO and A6-AM class wins. more >>
24h Dubai 2018 Final result by class
13.01.2018
24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - RaceDubai - 5390 mtr.11 - 13 January 2018A6-PRO - Mainly GT3 Cars1 2 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 -- 606 laps -- 1:59.394 463 more >>
24h Dubai 2018 - Summary of best laptimes per class
13.01.2018
24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - RaceDubai - 5390 mtr.11 - 13 January 2018Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018964 A6-PRO GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Mirko Bortolotti 1:58.199 3 164.16 more >>
24h Dubai overall classification 2018
13.01.2018
24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - RaceHankook 24H DUBAI 2018Dubai - 5390 mtr.11 - 13 January 20181 2 A6-PRO Black Falcon -- 606 laps -- 1:59.394 4631 Mercedes-AMG GT3Black Falcon Al Faisal-Haupt-Buurman-Piana24:00: more >>
Black Falcon takes outright win at the Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2018
13.01.2018
The Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#2, Abdulaziz Al Faisal / Hubert Haupt / Yelmer Buurman / Gabriele Piana) has won the 2018 Hankook 24H DUBAI, the 13th running of the annual event that, at one point, had looked likely to be won by the sister #3 entry. more >>
Liqui Moly Team Engstler opens 24H TCE season with first win
13.01.2018
The Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR (#130, Luca Engstler / Florian Thoma / Benjamin Leuchter / Jean Karl Vernay) meanwhile continued Germany’s domination of the Hankook 24H DUBAI by securing the team its first series victory at the D more >>
24h Dubai 2018 result
13.01.2018
1  2   Abdulaziz Al Faisal   3  Black Falcon  Mercedes-AMG GT3  A6-PRO    -- 606 laps --        2  12  Mathieu Jaminet  2  Manthey Racing  Porsche 991 GT3 R A6-PRO        3  964  Rolf Ineichen  4  GR more >>
A strong opening part for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in 24h Dubai race
12.01.2018
24H Series - 24h DubaiThe 24-hour race in Dubai is on in full swing. On Friday afternoon, a total of 89 cars took on the first endurance racing highlight of the new calendar year, among them ten Mercedes-AMG GT3 and three Mercedes-AM more >>
24h Dubai standings by class after 4 hours
12.01.2018
Result 24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - RaceDubai - 5390 mtr.11 - 13 January 2018Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018Race Time = 04:00:00Class = A6-PRO - Mainly GT3 Cars more >>
24h Dubai overall classification after 4 hours
12.01.2018
Intermediate result 24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - RaceDubai - 5390 mtr.11 - 13 January 2018Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018Race Time = 04:00:001 911 A6-AM Herberth Motorsport -- 100 laps -- 1:58.792 41 Porsc more >>
89 cars take the start of the 2018 Hankook 24H DUBAI
12.01.2018
Under a blue sky, in bright sunshine and with the highest temperatures of the week in Dubai, the 13th running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI got underway at Dubai Autodrome. A total of 89 cars took the start for the marathon race twice ar more >>
24h Dubai Standings after 4 hours race
12.01.2018
24h Series 201824 Hours Dubai Friday, January 12th  2018 more >>
Isaac Tutumlu gets last-minute call-up for Dubai 24h
11.01.2018
The Spaniard will drive a Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS at the Dubai 24 hours event to start tomorrow. Tutumlu clocked the second fastest lap time during night practice and will join Çapan, Stippler, Parhofer and Terrail for the mammoth 24-hour race.& more >>
Mirko Bortolotti puts GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini on pole for Hankook 24H DUBAI
11.01.2018
The GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (#964, Ineichen/Ineichen/Engelhart/Bortolotti) will be starting from pole position for the 13th running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Lamborghini factory driver Mirko Bortolotti set a ne more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018 GT Series Qualifying result by class
11.01.2018
24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series Qualifying 2 - 24H GT 11 - 13 January 2018Dubai - 5390 mtr.Thursday, January 11th  2018A6-PRO - Mainly GT3 Cars more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018 TCE Series Qualifying by class result
11.01.2018
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2018 24H GT Series and 24H TCE Series - Qualfying 1 - 24H TCE 11 - 13 January 2018Dubai - 5390 mtr.CR - TCR Certified Petrol Touring Cars1 888 AC Motorsport Audi - RS more >>
24h Dubai Night Practice overall classification
11.01.2018
24h Dubai 2018Night PracticeThursday, January 11th, 2018       - more >>
KTM X-Bow GT4 at 24 hour race Dubai 2018
11.01.2018
The motorsport season 2018 gets underway next weekend with the traditional 24-Hour race in Dubai, and just as they were in the last two years, KTM is present with the X-BOW GT4 and two customer teams. The team from “CCS-Racing” starts with the X-BOW B more >>
Show-stopping Speedworks make winning start to 2018 in Dubai
10.01.2018
•    Cheshire-based sportscar squad races into the New Year in style•    Butel, van Berlo and Gugkaev team up for double trophy haul in Dubai•    Front-running outfit bidding to build on success over course of 2018  more >>
PROsport Performance bei den 24h von Dubai 2018
09.01.2018
Debüt mit dem neuen Mercedes AMG GT3Für PROsport Performance beginnt beim 24h-Rennen von Dubai (11.-13. Januar 2018) die zweite Saison in der 24h Endurance Series. Nachdem das Team der drei US-Amerikaner, Charle more >>
Team Black Falcon in 24H Dubai 2018
09.01.2018
Team BLACK FALCON’s preparations are well underway for the first race of the new season. What an opening race it will be, in the form of the 24 Hours Dubai: a round-the-clock marathon held at a Formula 1-grade circuit that will kickstart the new year in style. more >>
Precote Herberth Motorsport Mission Titelverteidigung in Dubai
08.01.2018
Mit den 24H Dubai startet Precote Herberth Motorsport die Mission Titelverteidigung. Nachdem das Team aus Jedenhofen bereits 2017 einen beeindruckenden Gesamtsieg auf dem Dubai Autodrome erzielte, liegt der Fokus auch vom 11. bis 13. Januar 2018 auf dem obersten Podestplatz. Z more >>
Bonk motorsport startet beim 24h-Rennen Dubai in die Motorsportsaison 2018
08.01.2018
Drei Autos treten in der Wüste an„Der Saisonstart beim 24-Stunden-Rennen in Dubai gehört bei uns schon seit Jahren zum festen Bestandteil der Planung“, erläuterte Teamchef Michael Bonk kurz vor Abreise. more >>
24h Dubai Premiere für Philipp Frommenwiler
08.01.2018
Kurz nach dem Jahreswechsel geht es für Philipp Frommenwiler in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Erstmals startet der Kreuzlinger beim 24-Stunden-Rennen auf dem Dubai Autodrome. Dort greift der 28-Jährige beim ersten Rennen des Jahres für FACH AUTO TECH ins Steuer des Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. more >>
Drama at the finish for Simpson Motorsport at Hankook 3X3H DUBAI
07.01.2018
The Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G57 (#6, Mike Simpson / John Corbett / Neale Muston) has taken its second race win of the Hankook 3X3H DUBAI season opener in dramatic style, snatching victory on the last corner of the last lap of the final race of the weekend. more >>
Simpson Motorsport takes dramatic first Hankook 3X3H DUBAI win of 2018
06.01.2018
The Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G57 (#6, Mike Simpson / John Corbett / Neale Muston / Jordan Sanders) has won the opening race of the 2018 Hankook 3X3H DUBAI, re-taking the lead from the Graff Ligier JS P3 (#44, Michal Broniszewski / Giacomo Piccini) on the penultimate lap. more >>
Season opener in Dubai with 13 race cars from Audi Sport customer racing
05.01.2018
24 Hours of Dubai to kick off the season for Audi on January 12/13        Five Audi R8 LMS for GT3 and two for GT4        Six Audi RS 3 LMS in TCR category more >>
Fach Auto Tech with strong line-up for 24h Dubai
05.01.2018
For FACH AUTO TECH, the new season starts early. From 11th to 13th January, the Swiss team will be starting in the desert at the 24H Dubai. With two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the team competes in the 911-Pro and 911-Am classes.The 24H Dubai Line-up f more >>
PROsport Performance mit starkem Quartett bei den 24h von Dubai
04.01.2018
Adam Christodoulou vierter Mann im GT3-MercedesDer Auftakt für die Saison 2018 findet für PROsport Performance bei den 24h von Dubai (11.-13. Januar) statt. Das erfolgreiche Fahrer-Trio, Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub und Joe Foster (alle more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

2001-2019 automobilsport.com full copyright