Abu Dhabi: Kessel Ferrari leaves it late to retain Gulf 12 Hours 2018 title

Abu Dhabi: Kessel Ferrari leaves it late to retain Gulf 12 Hours 2018 title

The #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 pipped rivals Audi and McLaren in a three-way battle as it pounced in the final two hours to retain its Gulf 12 Hours crown and clinch a famous, yet unexpected fourth successive victory at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. RESULTS

It had looked set to be a dream World competitive debut for the McLaren 720S GT3 car which led from lap two of the second part of the race, when Shane Van Gisbergen passed Christopher Haase in the #88 Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3 which took the chequered flag first after the opening six hours of the race.

The McLaren led thereafter, with no issues until Van Gisbergen returned to the cockpit with just under two hours remaining. The New Zealand driver picked up suspension damage to the right front wheel, leaving him to bring the car back to the pits for repairs.

Haase suffered once more 45 minutes after the race restart, dropping to third place and losing vital seconds after an incident with the pole position #4 Graff Racing Norma M30 of Jake Parsons, conceding the position to the #11 Kessel in the hands of Alessandro Pier Guidi.

The #11 Ferrari was not immune to its own problems, however, suffering a left rear puncture halfway through the 6 hours after Davide Rigon made contact with the #80 GDL Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo Evo of Jim Michaelian, which dropped the Ferrari off the leading lap.

The Attempto Racing and Car Collection Audis continued to be in contention inside the top five, until the halfways mark when the second placed #99 Attempto R8 LMS GT3 suffered a severe puncture under braking. Klaus Bachler limped the car back to the pits, but with the front left wheel fully locked and the brake disc shattered, the team were unable to remove the wheel and were forced to retire the car.

With the front running cars beginning to dwindle, the door was left open for the #11 Kessel Ferrari when the McLaren slowed and Pier Guidi passed the #44 Attempto Audi of Giorgio Roda on the same lap.

The Audis attempted to respond, with the #88 Car Collection of Haase also getting by the #44 car for second place before pitting for Markus Winkelhock to attempt to cut the margin to the #11 Ferrari now in the hands of Rigon for the final stint. But Rigon’s successful experience was simply too great, and the Audis were left to settle for the podium on the competitive debut of the R8 LMS GT3.

The McLaren returned to the track with Barnicoat at the wheel, but having dropped to 10th overall, it was already five laps down on the #11 Ferrari and out of contention.

The GT3 Pro-Am class was impressively led throughout the race by the #27 Daiko Lazarus Lamborghini Huracan GT3 which finished the race in fifth place overall. It was followed by the #83 all-female driver line-up of Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, and the #98 Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

The #4 Graff Racing continued its lead of the Prototype class, finishing 10th overall, ahead of the #7 Scuderia Vittoria Corse in 12th overall, a single place in front of the #70 Graff Ligier JS P3.

The GT Cup class was filled by the GDL Racing squad. As in the first half of the race, the battle for the class win continued to be between the #87 and #89 cars, with the former prevailing as they exchanged places early on, but from there surged ahead. The #80 GDL Racing Lamborghini Supertrofeo Evo took third place despite its earlier contact and repairs in the garage.

The GT4 class was led by the #3 Bullitt Racing Mercedes AMG crew, which includes 16-year-old British driver Olli Caldwell, the youngest driver in the race on his GT racing debut. The car remained ahead of the #50 and #90 Scuderia Villorba Corse machines throughout the second part of the race.

It was fitting for Davide Rigon to take the chequered flag and continue his spectacular record as the most successful driver in the history of the Gulf 12 Hours, as he clinched his fifth successive race victory and the seventh win for Ferrari. It also completed the fourth successive victory for team-mate Michael Broniszewski.

Davide Rigon (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3):

“It was only in the last hour that we thought we could win the race. We were very lucky that the McLaren had trouble otherwise they were too fast for us. But congratulations to both Alessandro and Michael who did a fantastic job today. I didn’t believe in the victory until the final 10 minutes.

“When I was hit by the Lamborghini, I had to make sure that I came back at slowly because I’ve experience that it could destroy the car.

“I love this track. I’ve had good team-mates for the past three years with a competitive car.”

 

Alessandro Pier Guidi (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3):

“Today we were not the quickest but we made sure that we were consistent. We had some issues, but so did everyone else. Until two hours to go, it was impossible to believe we could win. Davide did an amazing job in the final stint. The team made no mistakes.”

 

Michael Broniszewski (#11 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3):

“We had a very good strategy. I drove more in the early parts of the race and gave Alessandro and Davide the chance to drive for more of the later parts. We were still lucky with the slow down for the Audi and McLaren. We didn’t have any serious issues, and that was what really helped us.”

 

Dimitri Parhofer (#88 Car Collection Audi R8 LMS GT3):

“This was actually a 12-hour sprint race. The quality of the race is quite high, the level of drivers who participate are playing in the Pro league. I hope to see some more Pro-Ams here in future. Personally I’m not happy, it did not go as I would have wished for. I had some trouble with the tyres, but we could make up for it as a team in the end. Luck is also playing a big part during a race like this and a good Balance of Performance.

“For me it was a perfect fit. The competition was tough and the battle with McLaren and Ferrari was great. Nevertheless, the McLaren was so quick, it was a shame that it did not finish. It was great to have Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase with me during this race, the input they gave me was very valuable and therefore I could develop my racing and achieve my personal goal. We have another race coming up in four weeks and I’m already looking forward to it and to the next Gulf 12 Hours of course.”

Photograph: Foto Speedy

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3 hrs ago

F1

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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.

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

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

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

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

Damage off? Ghost Cars? THIS IS STUPID!

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

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?..

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

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

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!

Turn damage on for Christ sake will prevent a lot of the stupid driving and dive bombs

I guess one way to get on the podium is to literally knock your opponents out

Thats a joke Man... IRL that race over in the 1st lap.

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

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6 hrs ago

F1

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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.

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.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

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

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

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.

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.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

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?!

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

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

Súper real los golpes que se dan y siguen como si nada...👏🏼👏🏼

Isso pq vcs não viram o que fizeram em romrom17 .com hilariante!

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6 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!

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

did the Alfa just phase through Leclerc's car??

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

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

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

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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 😝

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

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

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. 😉

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

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!

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

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

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

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

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

Jamais de sous titre sur vos vidéos sa commence à être lourd

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