Dubai: A win apiece for Optimum Motorsport and Graff Racing on second day of Hankook 3x3H Dubai

Dubai: A win apiece for Optimum Motorsport and Graff Racing on second day of Hankook 3x3H Dubai



Dubai (11 January, 2017) – Optimum Motorsport won the second of the three races during the Hankook 3x3H DUBAI with its Ginetta G57 (#54, Adrian Barwick/Bradley Ellis/Kyle Masson/James French). In the three-hour race on Wednesday morning, the team’s drivers held off the Kox Racing Ligier JS P3 (#48, Peter Kox/Nico Pronk that won the P3 class. In race three, partly held in the darkness to add another element of the fascination of endurance racing, Graff Racing repeated its victory from the previous day with its Ligier JS P3 (#12, Eric Trouillet/Franck Matelli/Edward Lewis Brauner) while Kox Racing scored its third second place overall from as many races. CN class honours went to the #85 Krafft Racing Norma M20 FC (François Kirmann/Daniel Kirmann/Jean-Charles Perrin) in the first race of the day while locally-based team AUH Motorsports with its Radical SR3 RSX (#81, Konstantin Gukkaev/Tarek Elgammal) crowned a strong performance throughout the event with a popular class win in the final race.

Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G57 wins race two
An early pace-setter in yesterday’s first race, only to retire early, the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G57 (#54, Adrian Barwick/Bradley Ellis/Kyle Masson/James French) finally came good in the second race. In the presence of Dr. Mohammed Bin Sulayem, FIA vice president and president of the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE (ATCUAE), Bradley Ellis drove the closed-top prototype across the finish line at the end of the three-hour race to claim the outright win and G57 class honours. In spite of a drive-through penalty early in the race following a pit lane exit infringement, Ellis and his team-mates racked up a total of 82 laps. At the flag, the Ginetta team was 28.629 seconds clear of the Kox Racing Ligier JS P3 (#48, Peter Kox/Nico Pronk). Like in yesterday’s race, the Kox Racing team finished second overall, but this time, the outfit came out on top in the P3 class. Third place overall went to another Ginetta team, CWS (#55, Colin White/Brandon Gdovic/Jason Coupal).

CN class honours went to the #85 Krafft Racing Norma M20 FC (François Kirmann/Daniel Kirmann/Jean-Charles Perrin), that finished fifth overall after even having led the race outright for a total of 20 laps. The race saw three code 60 neutralisations. The first one was called a little over one hour following the retirement of the #46 Avelon Formula Wolf GB08 CN (Amro Al Hamad/Nick Adcock/Ivan Bellarosa/Guglielmo Belotti). At the end of the second hour, there were two neutralisations quickly after each other, the first one after the #56 Atech-DXB Ginetta G57 (Julian Griffin/Oliver Smith/Rik Breukers) had spun on the main straight and got stuck on track and the second one to allow for the #51 Century Motorsport Ginetta (Euan McKay/Daniel McKay) to be recovered.

Graff Racing makes it two out of three
Ginetta G57s dominated proceedings out in front for the first half of the race, with the Optimum Motorsport (#54, Adrian Barwick/Bradley Ellis/Kyle Masson/James French), Simpson Motorsport (#50, Philippe Haezebrouk/Bessam Kronfli) and Graff (#57, Khaled Al Mudhaf/Lawrence Tomlinson/Mike Simpson/Jordan Sanders) entries all taking turns in the lead. In the second half of the race, the Graff Racing Ligier JS P3 (#12, Eric Trouillet/Franck Matelli/Edward Lewis Brauner) and the Century Motorsports Ginetta (#51, Euan McKay/Daniel McKay) emerged as the main contenders. A charging Peter Kox moved the Kox Racing Ligier (#48, Peter Kox/Nico Pronk) up into second place in the final 15 minutes ahead of the Century Ginetta, but in spite of consistently posting faster lap times than Matelli in the Graff Ligier, there was too little time left for Kox to mount a challenge. Thus, Graff Racing scored its second win of the event, with Kox Racing completing the 1-2 for Ligier, 54.810 seconds down on the winners. Eventually, it was the Graff Ginetta (#57, Khaled AlMudhaf/Lawrence Tomlinson/Mike Simpson/Jordan Sanders) that came out in second in the G57 class and fourth overall to complete the success for the French team.

The only code 60 neutralisation came seven minutes into the race due to a collision by the GDL Racing Team Asia Radical SR3 RSX (#80, Lim Keong Liam/Nigel Farmer/Bruce Lee) and the Krafft Racing Norma M20 FC (#85, François Kirmann/Daniel Kirmann/Jean-Charles Perrin). Both cars retired, which considerably reduced the CN class. There was further CN heartbreak when the Avelon Formula Wolf GB08 CN (#46, Amro Al Hamad/Nick Adcock/Ivan Bellarosa/Guglielmo Belotti) retired from the class lead with a technical issue. That handed the class lead to locally-based team AUH Motorsports with its Radical SR3 RSX (#81, Konstantin Gukkaev/Tarek Elgammal) that crowned a strong performance throughout the event with three podium finishes from as many races with a popular class win. IDEC Sport Racing’s Ligier JS53 Evo2 (#17, Frédérique Da Rocha/Nicolas Da Rocha/David Abramczik/Roman Vozniak) ended up second in class.

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7 hrs ago


Highlights from an action-packed brawl on the streets of Monte Carlo 💪 ... See Less

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Esteban is one of those drivers that uses the whole wall stretch to drive. LOL... Terrible driving and terrible to watch. Where's the DQ's?

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Honestly would rather they played Mario kart. It’s way more fun than this.

This is terrible to wouldn't think there are professional drivers involved 👎.

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Estaben strategy for yesterday race if anyone doesn't let me pass I will do whatever it takes to gain his position. I will set them spinning ☠️☠️

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

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9 hrs ago


A mini-epic 🍿Alex Albon and Arthur Leclerc fight for P4 in the closing laps of Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix 👏 ... See Less

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

Funny how even f1 drivers soon stoop to the level of gt sport daily racers when the damage is always off...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

I honestly fear what will happen when the younger f1 drivers get behind the wheel again.

Please zet damage on, i saw alot of cars playing bumper car, make a punishment so its realistic

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

Kinda pathetic like bumper cars, not actual esport. Just funny evening for drivers but why to broadcast it if so?

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Wow this definitely splits option, better than no racing in mine though.

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

formula one or destruction derby?? aahh, no damages...its formula one!! gutierrez 🤣🤣🤦🤦

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

Just imagine racing like that in real life. Awesome.

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

I think they should have had damage on

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10 hrs ago


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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

The whole race Esteban Gutierrez was driving dirty. What a disrespectful racer. He knocked out Alex too.

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

I would buy the game if i wanted to watch computer games.. trash to look at.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

What kind of racing is this without damage and how does it even manage to get much of viewership?

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

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13 hrs ago


An emotional day for all involved as Tatsuki Suzuki handed SIC 58 Squadra CORSE victory at the circuit named after the late Marco Simoncelli ❤️

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What an emotional race. Amazing.


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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

Let me show you the video of my Yamaha in Italy!

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14 hrs ago

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14 hrs ago


How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

At least during the lockdown, him and his boyfriend Uccio have has plenty of time to makeup a brand new list of excuses for when tossi gets his ass handed to him again !!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

A character of a Champion💖VR46💨..

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

Healthy greetings from Indonesia

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

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