Birthday boy Bortolotti secures 24H DUBAI pole position

Birthday boy Bortolotti secures 24H DUBAI pole position

10.01.2019: ....for GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini For the second year running and for the third time in the event’s 14-year history, a Lamborghini will be on pole position for the Hankook 24H DUBAI. On his 29th birthday, Mirko

....for GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini




For the second year running and for the third time in the event’s 14-year history, a Lamborghini will be on pole position for the Hankook 24H DUBAI. On his 29th birthday, Mirko Bortolotti gave himself and his teammates the best present by posting the fastest outright qualifying lap time of 1m57.446s in the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (#63, Mirko Bortolotti / Christian Engelhart / Rolf Ineichen / Mark Ineichen). Bortolotti repeated his qualifying result at Dubai Autodrome from last year.




 “Again, it was hard work, but it shows that there is still plenty of speed in the old lady,” he laughed. The race in Dubai marks the final outing for the team’s current Lamborghini Huracán GT3, the new Evo version making its competition debut at the next event. Lamborghini enjoyed a clean sweep of the A6 class as Danish driver Dennis Lind put the Target Racing Huracán GT3 (#12, Dennis Lind / Giacomo Altoé / Timur Boguslavskiy / Stefano Constantini / Alex Autumn) on pole position in the A6-Am class.
 




Competition between the GRT and Target Racing Lamborghini and various Audis in the A6-Pro class was close, with the two Black Falcon Mercedes-AMGs and the V8 Racing Corvette also in the mix. Eventually, Christopher Haase was fastest of the Audi drivers as he put the Car Collection R8 LMS (#88, Dimitri Parhofer / Christopher Haase / Frédéric Vervisch / Rik Breukers) second on the grid, just ahead of the WRT Audi (#7, Mohammed Saud Fahal Al Saud / Michael Vergers / Christopher Mies / Dries Vanthoor) and the BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi (#9, Markus Wikelhock / Mike David Ortmann / Andreas Weishaupt / Stefan Mücke / Ricardo Feller). Last year’s Dubai race winners, the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#2, Abdulaziz Al Faisal / Hubert Haupt / Yelmer Buurman / Saud Al Faisal / Adam Christodoulou) qualified sixth overall and fifth in A6-Pro.


 

In between, Dennis Lind secured the A6-Am pole position with the Target Racing Lamborghini after a long battle with two Dutch Mercedes-AMG drivers, Christiaan Frankenhout in the Hofor Racing car (#10, Michael Kroll / Chantal Prinz / Alexander Prinz / Kenneth Heyer / Christiaan Frankenhout) and Indy Dontje in the HTP Motorsport entry (#25, Alexander Hrachowina / Martin Konrad / Bernd Schneider / Indy Dontje / Brice Bosi).




While the Hofor Racing team secured second place in class, the HTP team lost out on a top-three qualifying result thanks to a last-gasp challenge by Robert Renauer in the Herberth Motorsport Porsche (#91, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer), who pipped Dontje for third place by a mere 0.027 seconds.
 


There was even more success for Lamborghini as pole position in the SPX class went to the brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese as well, Fredrik Schandorff topping the class time sheets throughout the session in the Leipert Motorsport Huracán Super Trofeo (#710, Harald Schlotter / Jake Rattenbury / Markus Påverud / Khaled Al Mudhaf / Frederik Schandorff). The Vortex V8 Vortex 1 (#701, Arnaud Gomez / Olivier Gomez / Alban Varutti) ended up second in class from the MRS GT-Racing Porsche 911 Cup car with an all-Brazilian line-up (#990, Werner Neugebauer / Daniel Schneider / Ricardo Mauricio / Dennis Dirani).



 
In the Porsche 991 Cup class, Dane Benny Simonsen scored an undisputed pole position in the race:pro motorsport car (#916, Bertram Hornung / John Shen / Benny Simonsen / Philippe Descombes). UAE-based team Duel Racing (#950, Ramzi Moutran / Nabil Moutran / Sami Moutran / Charlie Eastwood) and MSG HRT Motorsport (#969, Holger Harmsen / Anton Lyubchenkov / Stefan Aust / Lucas Mauron) rounded out the top three in class.


 
Jordan Witt secured pole position in the GT4 class with the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#462, Jordan Witt / Frank Bird / Derek Pierce / Ben Paliwoda) from the Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 (#50, Martin Kroll / Michael Schrey / Gustav Engljähringer / Michael Fischer / Liesette Braams) and the QSR Racingschool Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#454, Jimmy de Breucker / Rodrique de Gillon / Michiel Verhaeren / Nico Verdonck).

 



Following a warm-up from 11.00-11.30 hrs, the 14th running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI gets underway at 15.00 hrs local time tomorrow (12.00 hrs CET), Friday 11 January. Live streaming in HD quality with commentary from the Radio Show Limited team, well-known from IMSA Radio and Radio Le Mans, is available on the series’ website and Youtube channel as well as Motortrend on Demand. There will also be regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com. 

 





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