24H: Black Falcon wins second consecutive Hankook 24H COTA USA

24H: Black Falcon wins second consecutive Hankook 24H COTA USA

Austin, TX (17 November, 2019) – The Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#4, Ben Keating / Jeroen Bleekemolen / Felipe Fraga / Cooper MacNeil) completed a commanding run at the Hankook 24H COTA USA to collect the final outright win of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook season.

The German team qualified on pole position and headed the field into the overnight intervention, leading every lap thereafter on Sunday and completing 610 laps of the 5.513km Grand Prix facility in the process. That result sets a new distance record for the Hankook 24H COTA USA, improving on the 608-lap total set in 2017.

The result also marks the second win in succession for the German team at the Hankook 24H COTA USA, and cements proud Texan Ben Keating his first win at his home endurance race.

“The team clearly has a lot of faith in these old eyes to see these corners at night!” Keating joked with radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley. “The whole team did such a great job. I was a small cog in a big wheel! It’s a team sport and there are a lot of people here that got us up front. We created our own luck, there were no mistakes, and everybody drove flawlessly.”

As it did last year, the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 R (#91, Daniel Allemann / Ralf Bohn / Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer) crossed the line to secure 2nd overall at the Hankook 24H COTA USA. The result means the Bavarian team has finished every CREVENTIC event at the Circuit of the Americas on the overall podium.

After a strong run, and despite an earlier scare with its fuel pump, the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS (#34, Johannes Dr. Kirchhoff / Max Edelhoff / Gustav Edelhoff / Elmar Grimm / Ingo Vogler) secured both its first A6-Am class win of the season and the final step of the overall GT podium. After a sensational race-long battle across 24-hours, the Audi finished just 32s ahead of the CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#85, Charles Putman / Charles Espenlaub / Joe Foster / Shane Lewis), CREVENTIC’s ‘American team’ claiming its third consecutive class podium at its home race.

Having lost nearly 20 minutes in the pits repairing damaged rear suspension, the Toksport WRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#90, Luca Stolz / Hendrik Still / Martin Konrad / Axcil Jefferies) recovered to finish 5th overall and 3rd in A6-Pro. A solid race for the VOLT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (#73, Trent Hindman / Jan Heylen / Alan Brynjolfsson / Richard Heistand) on its 24H SERIES debut cemented 4th in A6-Pro and 6th on the road.

The Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo 2018 (#710, Harald Schlotter / Aleksander Schjerpen / Alexey Karachev / Denis Soglaev / Gregg Gorski) completed a fault-free run to collect its third win of the 2019 24H SERIES Continents season in the SPX class, a result that secures the German team the Overall GT Teams’ title in the 24H SERIES Continents. Behind them, the Black Falcon Team Textar Mercedes-AMG GTX (#464, Alex Böhm / Axel König / Norbert Schneider / Axel Sartingen / Daniel Schwerfeld) collected 2nd in-class.

The Cor Euser Racing MARC II V8 meanwhile (#717, Cor Euser / Einar Thorsen / Jim Briody / Sam Allpass / Ward Sluys) survived rear suspension to take 3rd in-class. This marks the Dutch team’s first finish with its brand new MARC II V8 in the 24H SERIES, and secures endurance legend Jim Briody a podium in his final endurance race start after a 54-year motorsport career.

“I’m overwhelmed!” an emotional Pat Briody, Jim’s wife, told radiolemans.com. “I’ve been his mentor, his coach, everything, and I did everything that computers do now, but I did it here, in my head. This has been such an amazing weekend and one we will always remember.”

The Porsche Lorient Racing Porsche 991-II Cup (#911, Jean-François Demorge / Eric Mouez / Dominique Bastien / Frédéric Ancel) collected the second win in the 991 class of the 2019 24H SERIES season for the French team. Heading into the final two hours however, the win had looked set to go the way of the Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 991-II Cup (#906, Alan Metni / Wayne Ducote / David Ducote / Chapman Ducote / Andrew Davis) before mechanical woes interjected. The American team was forced to replace the Porsche’s differential, dropping the #906 Porsche 991-II Cup to the final step of the class podium.

Sandwiched between them is the MRS GT-Racing Porsche 991-II Cup (#980, Nicola Michelon / Alexander Marmureanu / JM Littman / Constantin Schöll / David Roberts), which suffered a mechanical failure on-track inside the final 10 minutes. The German Porsche was far enough ahead though to still be classified 2nd in-class.

The RHC Jorgensen/Strom BMW M4 GT4 (#450, Daren Jorgensen / Brett Strom / Danny van Dongen / Jon Miller) survived early overheating problems to secure its first GT4 class victory at the Hankook 24H COTA USA, just ahead of the Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4 (#451, Olaf Meyer / Björn Simon / Simon Tibbett / Jason Hart / Matt Travis).

Overheating issues also struck the ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 (#388, John Boyd / Harry Gottsacker / Anthony Lazzaro / Samantha Tan / Jason Wolfe), which had led the class going into the overnight intervention. The Canadian team nevertheless survived to secure the final podium spot, a result that locks out the GT4 top three for BMW.

Red Camel-Jordans.nl secures TCE win at Hankook 24H COTA USA

Austin, TX (17 November, 2019) – The Red Camel-Jordans.nl Cupra TCR DSG (#101, Ivo Breukers / Steven Liquorish / Jerimy Daniel / Jean-Francois Hevey) rounds out the 2019 24H SERIES season at the Circuit of the Americas with victory in the TCE division. Jerimy Daniel took the chequered flag to complete 546 laps of the 5.513km Formula 1 Grand prix facility and secure the Dutch Cupra its first win at the Hankook 24H COTA USA.

Including the standalone TCR SPA 500, this result marks the third victory of the season for the Dutch outfit. So impressive was the team’s run that Red Camel-Jordans.nl even finished inside the overall top 10.

“This is an amazing result for such a small team!” an overjoyed Ivo Breukers told radiolemans.com’s Joe Bradley. “To be honest we had some problems and we were quite lucky with a Code 60 when we had shock absorber failure. But we kept on pushing and never gave up. I still can’t believe it!”

Despite running out of fuel earlier in the race and dropping out of the TCE top five, the AC Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS (#188, Stephane Perrin / Vincent Radermecker / Matthew Taskinen / Will Neal) recovered to finish 2nd. Both teams were joined on the podium by the Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR (#112, Jérôme Ogay / Constantin Kletzer / Roberto Ferri / Alberto Vescovi / Yannick Mettler), which now adds the Overall TCE Teams’ title in the 24H SERIES Continents championship to the European honours the Swiss outfit secured in Barcelona.

The MONLAU COMPETICION Cupra TCR DSG (#107, Stuart Hall / Christopher Kemp / David Tinn / Tom Black) finished a well-deserved 4th in the TCE division, just ahead of the TOPCAR sport by Bas Koeten Racing Cupra TCR DSG (#131, Fabian Danz / Antti Buri  / Kari-Pekka Laaksonen / Ronny Jost). The latter was classified 5th but retired two hours from home with terminal drivetrain issues. Ironically, both Cupras had repeatedly locked horns for outright TCE victory during the early stages.

The Sorg Rennsport BMW M240i Racing Cup (#851, Benito Tagle / Michael Nielsen / Frank S. Woody III / Johan Schwartz) completed a strong run to win the CUP1 class and finish 7th overall in the TCE division, just behind the second Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing Volkswagen (#114, Lukas Desserich / Stefan Tanner / Yannick Mettler / Christoph Ulrich / Jérôme Ogay).

The Hankook 24H COTA USA draws the curtain on this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. Endurance racing action with CREVENTIC will return in the New Year with the 15th annual running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI at the Dubai Autodrome on 9-10-11 January 2020. Further information can be found at www.24hseries.com.

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The first win for Suzuki since Silverstone 2016! 👏

Álex Rins made the move to take himself to the top step of the podium for the first time in #MotoGP🏆

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See you in April @ COTA

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A look back at all the funny moments of #missingtheapex from the #AmericasGP 🇺🇸

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Love it! 😁❤️

this scene makes me happy🤣

I'm so happy watching marq marquez crash

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Marquez 93 best rider👍💯% motogp champion🏆

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I'll forever LOVE this one. Because my Twitter post made it at the 1:51 minute mark lol🤓🤓🤓

after watch this i learn lesson from marc. marc be like "you can make fun of me, but ill break the point record"

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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.



Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.



“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.



“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.



“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.



“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”



Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”
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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

 

Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.

 

“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.

 

“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.

 

“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.

 

“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”

 

Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”

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2019 Best clips 📽️

Still challenging with the best riders in the world! 🥈 Valentino Rossi VR46 Official's podium in Austin was nothing short of remarkable 👏

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The best part of the race was cocky Marc with his special wanted helmet for the race was when he wrecked then they picked the bike up and it slowly fell back over on him LOL Im a Vale fan but that was a great showdown and seeing Alex cry for his first victory was great!

Hope Rossi can fight for wins next year. Its getting really boring without him up there.

The best marques

Come on marquez, another world title!!!

Nice one

marc is the best..💪

Where the hell is real champ MM93

Maybe a lot of changes next season...

Rossi!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

He still first place for me😍

Go vale

Booooooooooooooooring 😴😴😴😴😴

Bravo Vale....👍👍👍👍

93nius rider

Legend....

Yeah ok

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nice

Awesome

Salute The Doctor. Kiddos know nothing about The Lagend

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Omg! I love this duo so much! Never fail to make me laugh 😂

Actually I don't Like Alex' sense of humor :/ he is imo too arrogant

Why in the hell did Merc haven't done Grill the Grid?

If he think that one is bad i wonder what he think of the rookie of the year one ! 👀

Alex very honest! I like that

Congratulations

If he thought that trophy was crap, think how he must of felt about the rookie of the year trophy 😂

Is it just me or does anybody else wanna punch max in the fuckin face as hard as u could??

Congrats 😎

Did he say Sonny Moore at 0:28?

😂😂😂😂😂The speech

Lmao Hilarious

Sarah Jones

Celine Maddie

Nikko Par

Mary Valdez

Aalay Savla Mercedes DNS

Hgfgg

Ricardo Ruiz

While you patiently waiting for your monthly salary, others are busy earning nothing less than $500- $10000 every 48hours, Ask me how????

Alex Albon 💙

Rahul Kale Nuaman Wt

Max verstappen redbull

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