Front row lockout for Haupt Racing Team at 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI

Front row lockout for Haupt Racing Team at 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI

13.01.2023: Hankook 24H DUBAI Dubai Autodrome Friday, January 13th 2023 Haupt Racing Team has locked out the front row for the 18th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI, the German’s team collaboration with Oman’s Al Manar Racing by HRT securing pole position ove

Hankook 24H DUBAI
Dubai Autodrome
Friday, January 13th 2023


Haupt Racing Team has locked out the front row for the 18th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI, the German’s team collaboration with Oman’s Al Manar Racing by HRT securing pole position over the sister Abu Dhabi Racing by HRT Mercedes by less than three tenths of a second.

Qualifying for the Hankook 24H DUBAI was split into four 15-minute sessions, with the average of each team’s best laps across each session being used to assign their grid spots. This weekend’s event though features a revised format, with two 15-minute sessions being run during the afternoon and a further two organized after official Night Practice.

The Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#777, Luca Stolz / Fabian Schiller / Axcil Jefferies / Martin Konrad) was among the pacesetters from the get-go, setting the fastest lap during Q3 and falling an agonizing 0.018s shy of the quickest time in Q1.

Heading into the final session of the day, the #777 Mercedes was just over one tenth up on the Abu Dhabi Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#4, Hubert Haupt / Khaled Al Qubaisi / Sébastien Baud / Jules Gounon). A gap that, despite a succession of quick laps from the latter, proved just enough for the Omani-German team to secure its maiden outright pole position in the 24H SERIES.

Al Manar Racing by HRT is the fourth different team to secure outright pole position in as many years at the Hankook 24H DUBAI. The front row meanwhile will feature three previous outright event winners courtesy of Khaled Al Qubaisi (winner in 2012, 2013, and 2020) Hubert Haupt (2015, 2018, and 2020), and Axcil Jefferies (2021 and 2022).

“It’s a great team job by everyone to have a 1-2. It’s fantastic!” a jubilant Axcil Jefferies explained to’s Joe Bradley. “On our car, all four of us did a good job, keeping it clean. Now we just have to get through tomorrow.”

Asked how much Al Manar Racing staple Al Faisal Al Zubair, who sadly had to withdraw from the event through illness, would be missed this weekend, Jefferies continued: “It’s a shame we couldn’t have Faisal with us, but we’re going to do our best to make him proud.”

Behind the HRT front row, the Porsche 911 GT3 R of 24H SERIES newcomer Pure Rxcing (#911, Sven Müller / Aliaksandr Malykhin / Joel Sturm / Harry King), which set the fastest lap during Q1, will start 3rd ahead of the first of two Team WRT BMW M4 GT3s (#7, Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud / Diego Menchaca / Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer / Jens Klingmann / Dries Vanthoor). Both Al Saud and Vanthoor go into the race as defending Hankook 24H DUBAI winners.




Nine-time motor bike World Champion Valentino Rossi meanwhile makes his 24H SERIES debut this weekend as an official BMW M factory driver aboard the second Team WRT BMW (#46, Timothy Whale / Valentino Rossi / Sean Gelael / Max Hesse / Maxime Martin), and will start 8th.

Australia’s Grove Racing (#10, Earl Bamber / Brenton Grove / Stephen Grove / Anton De Pasquale) recovered from a tough Q1 to seal 5th on the grid, the Porsche 911 GT3 R having fallen just 0.009s shy of the second row.

Behind the Tresor Attempto Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II (#99, Alex Arkin Aka / Finlay Hutchison / Andrey Mukovoz / Dylan Pereira), the Heart of Racing by SPS Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#27, Ian James / Gray Newell / Roman De Angelis / Ross Gunn) was the fastest of the GT3 PRO-AM runners. Roman De Angelis even set the fastest lap of any session around the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome with a 1m 59.313s.

The Team GP-Elite Porsche 911 GT3 R (#32, Lucas Groeneveld / Jesse van Kuijk / Daan van Kuijk / Max van Splunteren) and the returning Visiom Ferrari 488 GT3 (#2, Jean-Paul Pagny / Romain Iannetta / Jean-Bernard Bouvet / Christophe Tinseau / Dino Lunardi) round out the overall top 10 on the grid.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 of reigning Continents Trophy winner CP Racing (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster / Philip Quaife / Shane Lewis) will start 18th, four places behind the McLaren 720S GT3 of the fastest GT3-AM entrant, 7TSIX (#76, James Cottingham / Andrew Gilbert / Fran Rueda / Matúš Výboh). Having won December’s Hankook 12H KUWAIT outright, CP Racing will be keen to extend its lead in CREVENTIC’s new Middle East Trophy.


Reigning European Trophy GT winner Phoenix Racing (#1, Michael Doppelmayr / Pierre Kaffer / Elia Erhart / Christer Jöns) similarly starts in the mid-pack in 15th after a troubled opening qualifying session. This despite Pierre Kaffer setting the fastest lap overall of Q2.

A strong start to qualifying sadly came to naught for series newcomer HAAS RT (#21, Maxime Soulet / Mathieu Detry / Olivier Bertels / Benjamin Mazatis / Frédéric Vervisch). The Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II posted the sixth fastest laptime in Q1, but was unable to complete qualifying after an engine issue struck during Night Practice.

Even with niggling gearbox issues, the Willi Motorsport by Ebimotors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (#955, Fabrizio Broggi / Sergiu Nicolae / Sabino de Castro) will start from 992 class pole position ahead of FACH AUTO TECH (#961, Peter Hegglin / Jan Klingelnberg / Christof Langer / Alexander Fach / Christopher Zöchling) and Red (#909, Ivo Breukers / Rik Breukers / Luc Breukers / Fabian Danz). Speed Lover (#979, Simon Balcaen / Steven Palette / Philippe Wils / Chris Maes) was the quickest of the 992-AM contenders.

Despite a bizarre moment for Kristopher Rosenberger when the KTM’s clamshell popped open during Q1, the razoon-more than racing KTM X-BOW GTX (#714, Daniel Drexel / Leo Pichler / Kris Rosenberger / Bob Bau / Ernst Kirchmayr) will start tomorrow’s event from GTX pole position.

The Austrian team will be flanked by two entries from Vortex V8. The French independent team’s #701 ‘1.0’ (Philippe Bonnel / Philippe Gruau / Lionel Amrouche / Tom Pieri) will lead the sister #702 Vortex (Philippe Fertoret / Lucas Sugliano / Nicolas Nobs / Miguel Moiola) away from the grid.

The ROFGO with Dragon Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#408, Roald Goethe / Oliver Goethe / Benjamin Goethe / Stuart Hall / Jordan Grogor) emerged on top of a phenomenally close-fought fight for GT4 pole with the RHC Jorgensen-Strom by Century BMW M4 GT4 (#450, Daren Jorgensen / Brett Strom / Nathan Freke / Jeroen Bleekemolen): the average best times of both teams were split by a microscopic 0.03 seconds!

Ironically, Dragon Racing bookended GT4 class qualifying when the sister Mercedes (#488, Leonidas Loucas / Rhea Loucas / Bradley Ellis / Charles Hollings) suffered a heavy crash during Free Practice and could not take part.

Behind the top two, Simpson Motorsport (#438, James Kell / Cameron McLeod / Keith Kassulke / David Holloway / Vasily Vladykin) and Century Motorsport (#429, Michael Johnston / Christopher Salkeld / Carl Cavers / Lewis Plato) will share the second row of the GT4 grid. Both teams have entered the second generation BMW M4 GT4 for the Hankook 24H DUBAI.

Across in TCR, three-time Overall TCE Teams’ champion Wolf-Power Racing has secured its third category pole position in Dubai in as many years after a storming run for the #121 Audi RS 3 LMS (Jasmin Preisig / Ivars Vallers / Calle Bergman / Andreas Höfler). Bizarrely, the Swiss team was fastest in just one of the four 15-minute sessions, but pulled a significant gap during Q2.

Wolf-Power Racing’s qualifying sessions did not get off to the best of starts, however. The Swiss team’s #117 Audi (Marcus Menden / Marlon Menden / Rob Huff / Peter Posavac) set the fastest TCR time during Q1, but suffered brake failure at the end of the rear straight during Q2, fortunately without incident. The repaired #177 Audi recovered to 4th on the TCE grid.

TCX polesitter Team Sorg Rennsport (#227, Benito Tagle / Christoph Krombach / Daniel Gregor / Patrik Grütter) was the second quickest of the TCE field, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS having outpaced the returning 700 Miles Volkswagen Golf GTi (#106, Thierry Chkondali / Marc Girard / Michel Sallenbach / Jordan Mougenot / Fabian Duffieux).

AC Motorsport endured a difficult qualifying session in Dubai. The Belgian team’s #188 Audi RS 3 LMS (Stéphane Perrin / Yannick Mettler / Miklas Born / Sam Dejonghe) was recovered back to the pits after stopping on-track during Q1 while the sister #199 Audi (Andy Yan / Tommy Ku / David Lau / Shaun Thong) ended its evening in the barriers at turn 9. The fastest TCR lap though – a 2m 10.105s set by Miklas Born during Q3 – did help AC Motorsport
recover to 5th.

The 18th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI is set to begin on Saturday 14 January at 15.00 hrs local time at the Dubai Autodrome. 24 uninterrupted hours of racing will be drawn to a close when the chequered flag is unfurled at 15.00 hrs local time on Sunday 15 January.

The action will be live with commentary from on the official 24H SERIES YouTube channel. Regular updates will also be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found at

Creventic BV also photos


13.01.2023 / MaP

More News

24H Series preview - The new season kicks off in Dubai
The Dubai 24 Hour race opens the 2023 season of the 24H Series by Creventic.Five teams have entered in the TCR class; both Wolf-Power Racing from Switzerland and AC Motorsport from Belgium will run two Audi cars, while a Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023 TCR preview
Hankook 24H DUBAI24h Series, Round 113-14-15 January 2023  •    2012 World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff back in action in Dubai.•    Two-car line-ups for Wolf-Power Racing and AC Motorsport. more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023 GT4 and GTX preview
Hankook 24H DUBAI24h Series, Round 113-14-15 January 2023•    Leipert Motorsport and Vortex continue GTX tussle.•    Second-generation BMW M4 among GT4 favourites.•    Homet more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023 992 preview
Hankook 24H DUBAI24h Series, Round 113-14-15 January 2023  •    Class staples HRT Performance, MRS GT-Racing and FACH AUTO TECH among ‘992’ frontrunners. •    Former 991 class champio more >>
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023 GT3 preview
Hankook 24H DUBAI24h Series, Round 113-14-15 January 2023•    MotoGP G.O.A.T. Valentino Rossi to make 24H SERIES debut with Team WRT.•    2022 winners Dries Vanthoor, Mohammed Saud Fah more >>
Reigning champions and former event winners among 180-plus drivers signed up for 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI
Hankook 24H DUBAI24h Series, Round 113-14-15 January 2023 CREVENTIC is gearing up for the 18th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI on 13-14-15 January, and is proud to announce that close to 60 teams and more than 180 different drivers have already b more >>
SPS Automotive Performance kicks off the season with 24h Dubai
Traditionally, the motorsport year gets underway in January with the 24H Dubai. SPS automotive performance will also be back in 2023 for the first highlight of the year at the Persian Gulf. Here, the Willsbach-based team will be running the first entry of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 from the US team The Heart of Racing and will enter the race under the name Heart of Racing by SPS. more >>
TCR, TCX and TC in Hankook 24h Dubai 2023
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023Dubai Autodrome13-14-15 January 2023  •    2020 Overall GT Teams’ champion Sorg Rennsport returns.•    Former TCE winners Wolf-Power Racing and AC Motorsport face-off. more >>
992 in Hankook 24h Dubai 2023
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023Dubai Autodrome13-14-15 January 2023  •    Reigning champion Red Ant Racing back for 2022.•    Multi-car entries for 24H DUBAI mainstays MRS GT-Racing and HRT Performance.•    Former 991 champion Willi Motorsport by Ebimotors step more >>
GT4, GTX in Hankook 24h Dubai 2023
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023Dubai Autodrome13-14-15 January 2023  •    Dubai’s Dragon Racing gunning for fifth category win?•    McLaren, Aston Martin, BMW and more >>
GT3 in Hankook 24h Dubai 2023
Hankook 24H DUBAI 2023Dubai Autodrome13-14-15 January 2023  •    Huber Racing steps up; Ram Racing makes GT3 return.•    SAINTéLOC and Attempto closing in on first podiums? more >>
Close to 90 entries already received for the 2023 Hankook 24H DUBAI - registration, event details
 The 18th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI, CREVENTIC’s flagship event every new year, looks set to be another star-studded event in 2023 with almost 90 cars already registered for the 24-hour endurance epic on 13-14- more >>
New BMW M4 GT3 passes endurance test at first official race appearance in 24h Dubai
The new flagship from BMW M Motorsport has passed the endurance test in the desert. Following test races last season and successful FIA homologation, the 24H Dubai (UAE) from Friday to Saturday marked the first race appearance for the new BMW M4 GT3 in the hands of BMW M Motorsport teams. more >>
BBR takes first Hankook 24H DUBAI TCE win; Thailand tops TCR podium
BBR has secured its first TCE win in the 24H SERIES as well as the first division win for a team hailing from Thailand at this weekend’s Hankook 24H DUBAI.  In contention from the very early going, the BBR CUPRA TCR (#159, Kantadhee Kusiri / Kantasak K more >>
First team win for Saudi Arabia at 2022 Hankook 24H DUBAI- third win for Audi, full results
MS7 by WRT has secured the third overall win for Audi at the Hankook 24H DUBAI with a commanding 1-2 for the Audi R8 LMS and the sister WRT entry. The result also marks the first win for a team run under the Saudi Arabian flag in the event’s 17-year history.    more >>
Overall podium and three class wins for Mercedes-AMG in Dubai 24-hour race
Dubai. Following the 1-2 in the 12-hour race at Abu Dhabi last weekend, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has also successfully completed the next endurance race of the year. In the Hankook 24H Dubai with a high-quality entry, the #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by Customer Racing Team Sun Energy 1 by SPS automotive performance secured third place, just ahead of the fellow Mercedes-AMG drivers in th more >>
Two top-five finished for Haupt Racing Team at 24h Dubai
Haupt Racing Team kicked off the new motorsport season with two top results at the 24 Hours of Dubai. The #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a place on the podium. The #777 car came home fifth at the desert circuit.    Abu Dhabi Racing by HRT #4: 4th place    Al Manar Racing by HRT #777: 5th place more >>
Fach Auto Tech - strong performance, meagre result in 24h Dubai
  FACH AUTO TECH started the season with the 24H Series in Dubai held from 13 to 15 January. Despite hope for a top result in the 24-hour race, the strong performance of the duo of Porsches was denied a fitting result. The crew of t more >>
Fifth place for Al-Zubair and Al-Manar Racing by HRT Team in Dubai 24h
 Hankook 24H Dubai – Dubai Autodrome, January 13th-15th, 2022  Saturday, January 15th, 2022 Oman’s Al-Faisal Al-Zubair and the Al-Manar Racing by HRT Team claimed fifth position in the Hankook 24H Dubai at the Dubai Au more >>
1–2 victory for Audi customer team WRT at the Dubai 24 Hours
MS7 by WRT and Team WRT dominate the season opener of the 24H Series in Dubai        Class victory for PK Carsport at the 24-hour debut of the Audi R8 LMS GT2        Second place more >>
16th Hankook 24H DUBAI 2022 race classification
17th Hankook 24H DUBAI 202213 - 15 January 2022Revision 1 - Provisional Result - RaceRace Dubai - 5390 mtr.1 7 GT3 MS7 by WRT -- 596 laps -- 1:59.681 1721Audi R8 LMS GT3Team WRT Saud Fahad A l Saud-Jefferies-V anthoor-Mies-Neubauer more >>
WRT Audis currently 1-2 after five hours at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, results and video replay - livestream
 MS7 by WRT is the fourth different overall leader in five hours in what is fast becoming a close fight for victory at the Hankook 2022 Hankook 24H DUBAI.  24h DUBAI livestream here more >>
Les Deux Arbres leads all-French, all-TCX front row at the Hankook 24H DUBAI - results
 Les Deux Arbres has secured outright TCE pole position at the Hankook 24H DUBAI in a session that saw front row starter LAMERA GT involved in a collision moments before the chequered flag was brought out.   more >>
MS7 by WRT has secured its first outright pole position at the Hankook 24H DUBAI - full results
....over Abu Dhabi Racing by HRT and Al Manar Racing by HRT after a closely-fought qualifying between all three Middle East teams.  Qualifying Overal more >>
HRT gets the new Motorsport season underway in Dubai 24h race
- Chassissim, Paceteq and Riedel Communications new team partnersFor Haupt Racing Team, the 2022 motorsport season starts with a veritable highlight: the Hankook 24H DUBAI, held at Dubai Autodrome from 13-15 January, 2022. more >>
FACH Auto Tech returns to 24 Hours of Dubai
For the first clash of the year, the 24H Series traditionally meets in the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai 24-hour race. From 13 to 15 January, the 5.39-kilometer racetrack hosts the first endurance race of the 2022 season. FACH AUTO TECH will compete with two Porsche 911 GT3 Cu more >>
Al-Zubair teams up with HRT Team to tackle 24h Dubai with new driver line-up
Hankook 24H Dubai Dubai AutodromeJanuary 13-15, 2022 Oman’s Al-Faisal Al-Zubair returns to international circuit racing action this weekend to take part in the Hankook 24H Dubai more >>
24H Series -TOPCAR Sport wins the season opener at Dubai
TOPCAR Sport secured its first win at the 24H Dubai following a race-long battle with reigning Teams’ champion, Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing.The TOPCAR Sport CUPRA #131 of Fabian Danz, Adrian Spescha, Patrick Sing, more >>
Leipert Motorsport starts the new season with a thrilling class victory at the 24-hour race in Dubai
The Leipert Motorsport team completed the prestigious 24-hour race in Dubai (UAE) with flying colours. At the first endurance race of the 2021 season, the team once again celebrated class victory with a strong quintet of drivers from the USA, Germany and Switzerland.The 2021 motors more >>
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continues its streak of podium results in Dubai 24-hour race
A successful season opener for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport: Customer Racing Team HRT Bilstein finished in third place of the 24-hour race in Dubai with its #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3.   In the more >>
Haupt Racing Team takes podium and class victory in the 24 Hours of Dubai
Successful start to the season for HRT: the #4 Haupt Racing Team Bilstein car finished third at the 24H Dubai to present the team from Meuspath with its first podium at a 24-hour race. Haupt Racing Team Abu Dhabi Racing (#5) also impressed in HRT&r; more >>
24h Dubai TCE results by class
16th Hankook 24H DUBAI 202114 - 16 January 2021TCR - TCR Certified cars1 131 TOPCAR Sport Cupra TCR DSG -- 543 laps -- 2:12.562 322TOPCAR sport GmbH Danz-Spescha-Sing-Jost-Leuchter24:02:37.811 more >>
24h Dubai GT results by class
16th Hankook 24H DUBAI 202114 - 16 January 2021Result Race Dubai - 5390 mtr.GT3-PRO - GT3 Cars1 36 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 I I) -- 600 laps -- 1:58.606 337Grand Prix Extreme Jefferies-Fa more >>
TOPCAR Sport takes first Hankook 24H DUBAI victory in TCE
•    TOPCAR Sport takes its second 24-hour TCE victory in the 24H SERIES.•    Reigning TCE Teams’ champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing completes the TCE podium.•    PK Carsport recovers from early mechanical woes to seal TCX victory. more >>
GPX Racing takes home win at the 2021 Hankook 24H DUBAI
•    GPX Racing becomes the first Emirati team since 2013 to win the Hankook 24H DUBAI.•    A late pit stop secures WRT the runners-up spot inside the final 40 minutes.•    Three-time winners Khaled Al Qubaisi and Hubert Haupt are on the podium again with Haupt Racing Team. more >>
AC Motorsport leads TCE after four hours at the Hankook 24H DUBAI
  •    Last year’s TCE event winner, AC Motorsport, is on top once again.•    TOPCAR Sport holds 2nd ahead of Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing•    Issues for CWS Engineering hand TCX lead to Sally Racing. more >>
GPX Racing in the lead on home turf at the Hankook 24H DUBAI after four hours / results
•    GPX Racing leads its home race, banishing memories of a disastrous 2020 run.•    Herberth Motorsport holds 2nd overall, but has already lost one car.•    HRT Bilstein holds 3rd after a fighting drive.  GPX Racing currently leads the 2021 Hankook 24 more >>
Lloyd sets encouraging early pace at Dubai 24-Hour
Daniel Lloyd enjoyed a positive opening session in the #93 Porsche 911 GT3 R (991) — run by German outfit Herberth Motorsport — marking his return to GT racing in this weekend's Dubai 24H event. 28-year-old Lloyd will split driving duties with team- more >>
24h Dubai Qualifying TCE result by class
16th Hankook 24H DUBAI 202114 - 16 January 2021Result Qualifying TCEThursday, January 14th 2020TCR - TCR Certified cars1 112 Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing Volksw more >>


2001-2023 full copyright