Gulf 12h: AF Corse Ferrari takes the victory in hotly contested Gulf 12hr at Yas Marina Circuit

Gulf 12h:  AF Corse Ferrari takes the victory in hotly contested Gulf 12hr at Yas Marina Circuit
Gulf 12hr 2014 Podium

Gulf 12hr 2014 Podium

Sat Dec 13th 2014 – A last minute safety car caused by a spin from the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 GT3 of Jorge Lorenzo changed the face of the 2014 Gulf 12 Hours race. Michele Rugolo, driving the AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3, made the best use of the lapped traffic following the restart with just 30 minutes remaining, to take the win by 3.058 seconds after 315 laps of racing at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Second place went to the hard charging Bernd Schneider driving for the defending champions, Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 team, with Khaled Al Qubaisi and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Schneider finished 2.683 seconds clear of third placed Kevin Estre who piloted the Von Ryan Racing McLaren 650S with Rob Bell and Alvaro Parente.

“We did our best and we were very close but the Ferrari was extremely fast this year,” the defending champion, Khaled Al Qubaisi said.

“The AF Corse guys had more speed than us, about 2/10ths of a second per lap but we tried our best and it was very close. It’s always disappointing not to win when we came to win but we will try again,” Qubaisi said.

Both Schneider and Parente were caught behind the lapped Ferrari of Cedric Sbirrazzuoli despite waved blue flags being shown to the AF Corse driver which allowed Rugolo to open up a four second gap after three laps that eventually ballooned out to 10 seconds before backing off to take a comfortable victory.

“Everything went to plan, the car ran faultlessly for the full 12 hours despite some very strong competition but we’re just glad to be on the top step in Abu Dhabi,” Rugolo said.

Right from the first corner after the start at 8.49am the action began when Bleekemolen pounced from his second row grid position to steal the lead from a surprised pole sitter Bell in the McLaren who gave the 650S its world competition debut in the Gulf 12 Hours.

From there it was a game of catch up for Bell and Rugolo in the opening hours.

“I was a bit surprised by the start the Black Falcon Mercedes got, but we had a race-long strategy and did not want to be forced into a duel so early but we stayed focused and fought back over the course of the race,” Bell said.

Pro-Am Class podium

Pro-Am Class podium

PRO-AM’s top qualifiers, Black Falcon Racing started from fourth with Richard Muscat behind the wheel but fell back one place allowing the AF Corse Ferrari driven by Marco Cioci to lead the class in fourth outright at the conclusion of the first hour.

The team headed by Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al Faisel with Muscat and Hubert Haup regained the class lead and gave the Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG the PRO-AM prize in fourth outright.

Second in PRO-AM was AF Corse Ferrari with Filipe Barreiros, Piergiuseppe Perazzini and Marco Cioco while a surprised Dragon Racing from Dubai made it on to the podium after final results were confirmed with driver Jordan Grogor from Dubai, Mohammed Jawa from Saudi Arabia and Sean Walkinshaw from the UK in their Ferrari 458 GT3.

Despite his late race crash, two-time world MotoGP champion Lorenzo and his team had completed enough laps to give the Kessel Racing Ferrari victory in the Gentleman class with co-drivers Liam Talbot, Marco Zanuttini and Jacques Duyver.

German-based MRS GT-Racing dominated the Porsche 991 Cup class taking the win after leading for nearly the full race with Ralf Bohn, Siegfried Venema and Ilya Melnikov finishing 13th outright and three laps in front of their nearest rival.

Competing for CN2 honours was a two-horse race with both Avelon Formula cars swapping positions for most of the race. Both cars suffered a series of problems but battled right to the end with the top place eventually going to the team of Simon Stoller, Gianluca Pizzuti and Fabio Emanualla in 17th outright, three places ahead of the duo of Ivan Bellarosa and Gugliemo Belotti in the sister car with Nicola De Val, Stefano De Val and Jose-Pedro Fara driving for CRM Motorsport finishing in 21st position.

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6 hrs ago

F1

In the latest episode of F1 Beyond The Grid, Jos Verstappen opens up about *that* fire in 1994, his own F1 career and guiding his son Max to the top of the podium - available now in all the usual podcast places! 🎧 ... See Less

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Jos was better compared to Michael, but he didnt had the sponsors. Bless for Michael.

Guiding his son the the top of the podium.... somewhere he has never been

Quite a family legacy. I am glad there have been so many safety improvements

Harrison Taylor I remember it well I saw the helmet at Silverstone one year it was black !!!.

Jos was a great talent. Too bad it never really came out.

Love hearing these 90s racers on the podcast Tom. More of this please! Panis or Frentzen soon hopefully!

His biggest contribution to F1 is that fire and his son.

always amazed me how he didnt sustain any injury from this...

What a spectacular accident from a spectacularly bad driver

Yeah, thank the illegal Benetton fuel-flow system for that. And be grateful Jos was "lucky" that day.

They removed the safety valve for the fuel which allowed it to refuel quicker but more dangerously I remembered at the time. There was a lot of controversy that season with Benetton though.

I'd rather have refueling in F1 than DRS. (Not because of fire) those races were so tactical and fun to watch.

But the guy at 0.29, with the small water spray bottle? wow what nerds, so fast and accurate to turn off the fire from his mate!

At least max is not likely to endure the same situation, safety has thankfully come a long way forwards.

Just glad he made it out okay. This was one of the reasons they stopped the refueling mid-race.

Stroll is my favourite driver

Maybe in 2 years again.. they want to bring back refueling, right? Jos got very lucky there, although his visor was open at the time of the fire so he's got some burns in his face. Not as bas as Lauda luckily bit that was another situation, fire-extinguishers weren't close by, etc.

I remember that day. I got scary. The drive was Verstapen... We thought he had died.

He's very lucky. After this horrific accident he's alive and without any scar! Sometimes I just can't believe how lucky are those people who survived this kind of accidents.

The whole crew bolted leaving Verstappen to burn in hell. Every man for himself, I guess.

it's amazing to hear that he was fine with the mistake that his team made it because who know what happen next and as he said racing is dangerous

he made max..so he is a good man

Loved how he waved all the pit crew away.

"Check your MFD for a new strategy option"

"Are you alright?" "Engine off, engine off"

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8 hrs ago

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Two F1 world champions go head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel under the lights in 2010 🇸🇬 ... See Less

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Happy memories,back when f1 had interest,and an Alonso fighting with a much slower car for tittles till the last races and claiming amazing victories.

2010 was such a great season.

Good luck Mr.Vettel in 2019! Keep going to Singapure! Regain your peace of mind,and keep going to win!

Man I miss the days of having 3-6 cars in the title fight down to the last few races and about 6-7 teams that could win any given weekend. Those were the days.

Look how nice the shiny cars look, this is a spectacle for the fans who pay big bucks and for the ones who watch on tv and give ratings, these damn matte finishes should be banned, i dont care if it makes the car lighter.

Vettel left on track with a much faster car, but Alonso was at the base of the arm and experience. They were incredible disputes!!

Amazing. Vettel had a faster car but Alonso had pole, victory, and fastest lap in that race, hat trick

Great days Fernando in a Ferrari

Glory Days of F1 in the last decade

Case and point that Alonso was not as great as everyone pipes on about he was leading the championship at this point the bottled it

10 points... only 10 points extra... and he would have had so many more titles. That says a lot about those days. Now it is more who 🤷‍♂️

It's a coin toss could be a fast parade or we might see a race this year

What a nerves of steel by Alonso! Fighting with Vettel who just sits on your back with a less than second time lost was wonderful. Sometimes I wish I could have those nerves

Strolls my favourite driver

Ohhh i remember those days when i was 5 and my idol was Vettel. I threw TV remote control while he was crushing. 😁😂😏😜NOSTALGIA

I miss Alonso in F1 already

Well at the time it was just 1 world champion and a champion in waiting.

Why are they showing nine year old highlight reels? Is it because the current cars and drivers aren't drawing the crowds, or the audiences that they should be? Hmmm.

Classic Fernando we miss you

Who's car was that at the start-finish line blown up? 😂😂

Sad to see Alonsos only legitimate title shots w/ Ferrari (at his prime) end in tears. When Vettel himself keeps dropping the ball (2017,2018.)

Look at Alonso start. He closes on Vettel much more than Vettel did on Verstappen in 2017. Vettel was just unlucky in that situation. He couldn't know Raikkonen was also there.

Still can’t believe how Ferrari with such great drivers as Alonso and Vettel hasn’t won a championship for such a long time.

Nope September 2010 Vettel was not yet champion.

Missing Alonso 💔

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9 hrs ago

MotoGP

Throwing it back to the 2010 #AragonGP race 🏁

Watch the final #MotoGP laps as Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden- The Kentucky Kid fought for a place on the podium! ⚔️
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Nicky was a great guy, ride in heaven!❤️ I miss Casey in MotoGp too, his talent was quite extraordinary, a once in a generation genius!

69 will always be a legend. 58 just coming into view at the end of the video too. Two great riders gone but not forgotten.

Truly missed Nicky Hayden one of the best

Miss you, ride from Kentucky.

The legend Nicky Hayden. We all still miss you brother

R.i.p nicky!

Always breaks my heart 💔

God I still miss Nicky, still incredibly painful. Doesn't seem real even now. .. I'll never forget him, that's for sure.

Those were the days, for sure. RIP 69!

When Ducatis were beautiful 😕

Hayden miss you...rip

I really miss him..😭😭😭💔💔6⃣9⃣

ahh 2010 when Stoner won 3 races and podiumed 9 times and some jerk told the press Stoner wasn't riding the bike to its full potential and promised to bring his crew chief to Ducati next year and fix it in 80 seconds. 😂

Only the last bit was 69 & 99

What a fantastic move !!! Grande Nicky !!!!!!

we miss u Nicky 😪😪😪 69

Ride in Heaven, Nicky Hayden

Gavin Emmett as commentator 👍 Here Lorenzo uses Tomizawa's helmet paint scheme as he was dead in the previous GP at Misano

Ánimo Jorgito buena vibra 🤙🏻

so classic

Miss you nick

Shout out to my idol ben spies

Σας γλέντησε ο γιατρός πάλι 6η θέση 😹😹

Miss Nicky Hayden but I wear his Tissot Ducati watch .

👍

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Three supreme talents, three different manufacturers, one memorable #MotoGP race! 👏

Marc Márquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone threw everything at each other one year ago! 🔥
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And the WINNER goes to VALENTINO again 😎 Congratulations 🎊👏🏆

Amazing race...riders racing but also in harmony, like music! All knowing where each other rider is !...a great battle!

Man what a race that was. Hope for another great race. 6 bikes or so would be nice...

Yamaha is the best

One of the best and most beautiful overtakes ever, that's why we watch #MotoGP

Nice forward by dovi and innione...

the most dramatic race..👍👍

The classic racers ❤️

Iannone, the myth, the perfume man, the model about to lose his seat again.

Yamaha NEED Rossi and a faster bike. It’s a poor bike and has been for a while.

The power of Honda and Ducati. Suzuki and Yamaha just couldn't match these monsters in long stretch shootout 😅😅😅

Iannone best overtake !!! 2 in a row ✌🏻

Modern day gladiators!!!!!

Marc too slow on corners, definitely won't win if honda has no top speed

The top end from that Duc 😎😎😎

Ianonne should go back on a duc or suzuki again... aprilia is a bigger piece of sh#t than the ktm 👎🏻

Aragon soon

What a race !!!! 😍🤩

I WANNA SEE MORE !!!

MM getting beaten up 🤣🤣👍

when iannone was competetive

No yamaha?

Those guys are so bad ass!

An 1 king no93😉😉

Mm is completely out of control again!

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