Dubai 24h: Local Dubai team ZRT Motorsport give their 2016 Dubai 24hr race recap
31st Jan 2016-ZRT Motorsport, the 2013-14 UAE Touring Car Champions, entered the 2016 Dubai 24hr race hoping to avenge the disappointment of the 2015 race. The team had made the maximum effort to be prepared for the event with new engines, gearbox and a complete overhaul of the car.
Monday and Tuesday saw the team preparing their garage, establish catering set-up by Media Rotana and guest hospitality areas and also taking the car for its technical inspection, which it passed with flying colours.
Wednesday saw the drivers sign-on and have their race clothing inspected with the fuel and tyres paid for. With that completed the team where now cleared to participate in the event. All thoughts about participating in the additional test season were cancelled due to the onset of rain. The team did however drive around the circuit in a road car during the “self drive lap” session. This was used to show the racing lines, which kerbs could and couldn’t be used to the teams new driver Tim Stevens.
Thursday saw the first official track action with two practice sessions, one qualifying session and night practice. The team used the practice session to verify the car set-up, assess tyre wear and fuel consumption rates. Graham Davidson undertook qualifying duties and soon set a lap time that safely qualified the car in race. The Friday morning warm-up was used to give Tim some extra track time and conduct a refueling practice.
As per the regulations, Graham who qualified the car started the race and despite a slight “tap” from a Porsche (that ultimately resulted in destroyed a wheel) he completed a safe 2-hour stint. The team then continued to rotate the drivers through 2-hour driving stints.
The team faced a couple of small issues such as sticking throttle and a power steering hose failure that were all soon remedied and with other cars beginning to develop serious technical issues, the team began to rise up the leader board. All eyes were on ZRT Motorsport.
With just over 4½ hours to go, Tim started his 3rd and final stint. On his out lap, Tim reported that the car car wouldn’t pull and stopped the car. The car was recovered back to the pits where the mechanics quickly diagnosed a terminally damaged engine. Sadly after 349-laps the race was over.
Although classified as finishers the team were obviously disappointed not to have finished the race, they did take a great deal of positives from the event insofar as that the team worked exceedingly well together, the car doesn’t over work the tyres, the fuel economy is very good, the brakes are strong and consistent and most importantly the car has very little damage, which unfortunately cannot be said for a substantial number of cars who competed in the race.
The team wish to sincerely thank all of their sponsors for making its campaign possible;
- Nazo Ceramics
- Media Rotana, Dubai
- Gear X
- Spellbound Media
and supporters and are happy to announce plans to compete in the upcoming NGK 2hr mini-endurance race at the Dubai Autodrome on April 1st 2016.To keep up to date on the team news please visit www.zrtmotorsport.com
Report submitted by ZRT Motorsports in Dubai