Dubai 24h: Heartache for Qatar’s ace driver Amro Al Hamad as team suffer setback in final hour of Dubai 24 hrs

Dubai 24h: Heartache for Qatar’s ace driver Amro Al Hamad as team suffer setback in final hour of Dubai 24 hrs

#92car piloted by Amro Al Hamad

Doha, Jan 21st, 2016 –The recent Dubai 24hrs proved to be one of the toughest for many top teams, including Qatars top circuit racer, Amro Al Hamad, campaigning his second 24hrs endurance race at Dubai Autodrome. Unfortunately having fought hard for a continuous 23hours the team would suffer total mechanical failure in the last hour.

Joining Amro in car #92 were Australian drivers Jake Camilleri and Morgan Haber and Dutch driver Milan Dontje.

The team qualified in P5 in the popular SP2 class with the MARC Cars 500bhp 5.0Ltr Ford Focus V8, specialized for endurance racing. The team held the position during the first hours of the race, during the night the team fought hard and moved up into P3 where they stayed for most of the race.

“The race itself is crazy this year with 98 cars starting the race, something I have never experienced before, a mix between GT3 cars down to small touring cars in the A2 class which made the big difference in speed and the traffic so busy. It was very competitive this year as the faster Porsche 997 Cars have been merged into our class (SP2) which made it difficult for us since the Porsches are much faster than our cars.”

“Our main strategy was to stay out of trouble and make it through the night without any incidents and push to the max from the early hours of light till the end of the race as we already expected a lot of cars to leave the race by the end of the 12 hours, marking the mid point of the race.”

During the early morning the team was hit by another car, starting off the roller-coaster of repairs and technical difficulties for the team.

Amro on the grid before the race start

“After being hit, the car spun out on track and stayed there unable to be restarted for 15 complete laps till we got towed back to the pits for repairs and restarting it. Luckily we had pulled a big enough gap on the following car in P4 that we maintained our P3 position when we got going again.”

“After the completion of 21 hours of the race Milan was next on the car when we started suffering from gearbox problems and had to go back to the pits for a gearbox change which took around an hour and then it was my turn to drive. I was informed by the team that the car will have no Communication, electronics, ABS or power steering and we still suffered from some gearbox problems. I stayed in the car for around an hour pushing her around which wasn’t easy I can tell you.”

“After the driver change at the 23hrs mark, I swapped with Morgan, who drove the car out of the pits and the car decided to stop, two corners down from the pits and refused to start again, and that marked the end of our participation in the 24hrs.”

In the end the MARC Cars Australia team did all they did to put the car together after the first crash and managed to change the gearbox in a record time to maintain the P3 position, which would have resulted undoubtedly in another podium finish. However the first crash did a lot more damage than was first thought, and the team could not rectify everything in one go.

“I would like to thank Jake Camilleri, Milan Dontje, Morgan Haber my team mates along with team boss Ryan McLeod the Marc Cars Australia crew for the opportunity and for all the hard work invested. It’s a real shame to finish like this so close to the final flag, but we have to take the hard knocks together as a team knowing we put in a good performance, right to the end we never gave up”.

Amro hopes to participate again in the International endurance series, representing Qatar in international racing around the world. He is continuing to pursue sponsors who will partner with him to achieve this goal.

The Dubai 24hrs was broadcast Live in Europe on Motors TV and across the Middle East on GearOne TV. The 24hseries also streams the live broadcast via their website at www.live.24hseries.com.

 

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37 minutes ago

CircuitProDigital

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38 minutes ago

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Get well soon Dovi !! ... See Less

41 minutes ago

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Won't be long till all the haters start gobbling some humble pie...please swallow slowly, don't want you to choke..we need you back next year!!!..

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

😂🤣😂🤣

Well done 42 rins ya dancer 😃😃😃💪👍

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

MM i Love you 💙

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........

You see he is dissapointed!!! Not a way we see marquez much....

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

One of the best race ever

❤ MM

BURNERS OF ANO ... IN THE FAMILY .... THE BROTHER THAT WAS SOLD ... LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL SLEEPING ... 😂😂😂😂

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Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

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43 minutes ago

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2 hrs ago

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What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

Dovi has to be the unlikeliest rider in motogp history, the amount of times he's been wiped out by others is nuts

Was right near this, was horrific to see bit thankfully they hobbled away

That was vicious. No life threatening injuries? Good day. Thank god for quality equipment.

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Hope both riders are ok wish them both a speedy recovery

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Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

I hope Fabio and Dovi are both okay

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I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Did anybody know if they have injuries?

Quel dommage pour ces deux superbes pilotes! #20

A very dangerous game yet we love it soooo much. Thanks to all rider who deliver a very competitive race every year. Dovi n Fabio, speed recovery please. I believe anyone who sit on that situation cant avoid hitting the loose bike.

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Was scary was right in front of us 😱🏍❤️

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

The problem started with Rins who had to brake and almost lost The front.

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

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3 hrs ago

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

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

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Well done for a well deserved win! But to be a real champion, you Need to be the best more consistently.

Rins, you were great, you got everything out of the bike. in the curves you were flying with Suzuki. You are always in our hearts, great champion.

A fantastic demonstration of race craft by Rins. A brilliant race. Congratulations.

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

Well done mate a great ride.

You are so beautiful, Amy

Congratulations to Rins and Suzuki can’t wait to see the Suzuki boys at Phillip island 🌴

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 😉

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!

Congratulations

Congrats Alex!!

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

He can't beat Jorge 😬😬😬

Good to see marquez not on the top step this time. Congratulations Rins! Shame for Dovi.

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

Félicitations. Superbe dépassement dans le finish. Moi j'adore le regarder car il a un style de pilotage assez particulier. Il est très droit sur la moto. On a l'impression qu'il force pas. 😁

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.

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Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

Love this guy so honest not like MM93

You are amazing and i mean not only as a rider but as a person TODA GAS

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

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

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

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15 hrs ago

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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 has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

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

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

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

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

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!

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

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

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 .. 👍

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...

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

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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

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