Dubai 24h: Detroit power on pole in Dubai as Nicky Pastorelli takes V8 Racing Corvette C6­R to fastest qualifying time

Dubai 24h: Detroit power on pole in Dubai as Nicky Pastorelli takes V8 Racing Corvette C6­R to fastest qualifying time


Corvette on Pole Dubai 2014

DUBAI (January 9th, 2014) – Dutch driver Nicky Pastorelli made it clear that one doesn’t necessarily need the latest GT3 machinery to drive a quick lap around the 5.399 kilometres long Dubai Autodrome. With the V8 Racing Corvette C6­R (# 21, Wolf Nathan/Danny Werkman/Rick Abresch/Alex van ‘t Hoff/Nicky Pastorelli), he set a lap time of 1.57.282 minutes to claim pole position for the ninth running of the Dunlop 24H DUBAI.

“I expected that we could do something in the low 1.58 range, but I didn’t expect my lap time to be that fast. Everything was perfect: the car handled well, I had no traffic and made no mistakes. I am really happy,” Pastorelli said. His car, an ex­Corvette works car, was already built in 2006 and already scored a major endurance race win: it was the very machine that won the Spa 24 Hours back in 2009.

Dutch driver Jeroen Bleekemolen qualified the fastest of the Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon’s two Mercedes­Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars in second place on the grid (#1, Khaled Al Qubaisi/Jeroen Bleekemolen/Bernd Schneider/Andreas Simonsen, 1:57.445 minutes). The FACH AUTO TECH Porsche (#4, Otto Klohs/ Martin Ragginger/Sebastian Asch/Connor de Philippi, 1:57.660 minutes) qualified third in the hands of Martin Ragginger, while Jeroen Bleekemolen also drove the Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon’s other Mercedes­Benz (#2, Khaled Al Qubaisi/Jeroen Bleekemolen/Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal/Hubert Haupt/Adam Christodoulou, 1.58.235 minutes) to fourth place on the grid. With six different brands in the first seven places, there was plenty of variety at the top of the leaderboard.

The Dunlop 24H DUBAI starts tomorrow, Friday, January 10th, at 14.00 hrs local time (11.00 hrs CET). The action will be covered by Motors TV and Radio Show Limited, the team behind A live stream, live timing and results will also be available throughout the race at while regular updates will be provided on Twitter (@24HSERIES, #24HDUBAI) and Facebook (

Russian driver Ivan Samarin ended up as the fastest qualifier in the Porsche Cup class with the Attempto Racing Porsche 997 Cup car (#33, Nikolay Gryazin/Alexey Vemerenko/Sergey Borisov/Ivan Samarin/Vasily Gryazin). Adding to the success for the Corvette on outright pole position, an American muscle car also emerged as the fastest entry in the SP2 class as Bert de Heus drove the Manor MP Motorsport Dodge Viper Competition Coupé (#12, Bert de Heus/Daniel de Jong/Leon Rijnbeek) to the fastest lap time in class. Lee Mowle drove the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 (#152, Lee Mowle/Joe Osborne/Gary Simms/Jake Rattenbury) to first place on the grid in the SP3 class. The touring car categories saw the JR Motorsport BMW E46 GTR (#62, Harry Hilders/Roger Grouwels/Gijs Bessem/Koen Bogaerts/Dziugas Tovilavicius) end up fastest in the A5 class, driven by Koen Bogaerts.

Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing’s SEAT Leon Supercopa car (#89, Ramzi Moutran/Sami Moutran/Nabil Moutran/Phil Quaife) claimed pole position in the A3T class with Quaife behind the wheel. There was success for United Arab Emirates-based LAP 57 team, too, as Mohammed Al Owais set a last-gasp fastest lap time in the A2 class with the team’s Honda Coupé (#57, Mohammed Al Owais/Umair Khan/Abdullah Al Hammadi/Junichi Umemoto/Nadir Zuhour). Pole position in the D1 diesel class went to the Belgian Recy Racing Team with their BMW 120D (#125, Jan de Vocht/Johan van Loo/Steffen Schlichenmeier/ Wim Meulders/Thomas Piessens) with Van Loo as the qualifying driver.

On Friday, January 10th the race gets underway at 14.00 hrs and ends at the same time on Saturday, January 11th , there is a warm-up session from 10.30 till 11.00 hrs while (all times local in the UAE, CET three hours earlier).

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26 minutes ago


"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Here his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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What an honest guy. It must feel great to defeat two of the greatest legends the MotoGP has to offer

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

Epic in the last corner... Bravo Alex 🏆

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

Love this guy so honest not like MM93







Great race to watch. Great win by Rins.

42 golĺll

Good job Alex rin 42, anak bayi tidak ada apa2 nya😅😅

You might won the battle, not the War

Yoo calm down boooy, you just won the race not the title 😂

Wow the mm fanboys ar butt hurt.

Anda terer kalini... kna tag Tord Gegeh

Ni que fuera un combate de boxeo. Ganó y punto..Enhorabuena

La nariz se cuenta como un elemento de aerodinamia para cortar el viento frontal y así ganar algo de velocidad

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13 hrs ago


Which team has impressed you most so far in 2019? ... See Less

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

I would say McLaren even though I'm team Hamilton

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

I think the fact that Kimi drags that 8th place car into the points is the most impressive

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

Mclaren And Williams 0 dnf not so many points but reliability is very good

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18 hrs ago


The crash 💥 The surprise 😱 The battle ⚔️

Spa treated us to a scintillating race last season ⚡️
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I can't wait for next weekend. Spa always produces some awesome action

That Vettel move was such a good sign and made so much hope for the title in 2018, but then horror began and continued until today 😞 I hope that Vettel will win at least one of the next two races, maybe the last chances this year

The circuit spa is amazing..

Leclerc was lucky with the halo there. Things could have ended very badly.. Also, the 4 car moment at the end of the first sector was amazing👌

I was there with my sons. Last years

Counting the days and hours for the arrival of the weekend. It is impressive, the spectacles provided in this SPA GP!

I remember this race.The best thing was Ocon almost overtook Vettal overtaking Hamilton. Ocon has to sit in the Mercedes at some point in the future.

What a race! Hoping for the same again next week 👍

Was that the very last time Vettel won a race? Wow an entire year has gone by.

Going to be interesting this year, couple nice long almost straights that Ferrari can hopefully lay down the power, those midrange corners that Red Bull look so comfortable going through at high speed, than the tighter sections that Mercedes just seems to find seconds on other cars, needless to say either Ferrari or Red Bull let the Mercedes go and that’s race over, but Charles or Max get in front of Lewis it’s going to be a great race

I have a feeling that the Ferraris will do it again. We will not hear the name verstappen so much this weekend.

Lets see next week if merc and redbull will match the straigth line speed of ferrari. Cant wait the qualifying and race on sunday.

Was a good race, hoping this yr will be just as good

I wanna know what LeClerc's thoughts process was as a McLaren flies over the top of him 😂

Clamoroso come Charlie Whiting aspettò che Vettel superasse Hamilton per dare il via alla Safety Car

Beyoncé would be proud of the Halo!

So the halo works。。👍🏼👍🏼

People cry about the halo but Charles had luck to have it.

What an overtake from Ferrari that was ...I missed the 2018's Ferrari ....not this SP90

This Race showed why the Halo Makes completly sense. Leclercs carrer could have Ended Right there

That's also why "even" Perez is a better racer than Ocon. My opinion. Look at the drag race after Eau Rouge coming up to Le Combes

Waited until Seb past Hamilton to safety car the race...who remembers this🤦🏾‍♂️🤔

Was there watching sat in the stadium right on that corner, exciting stuff!

Only one week to go, before lights out!

According to the Finnish media, Mercedes is gonna announce Bottas staying for 1 more year.

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