24H: Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG wins rain-shortened 15th Hankook 24H Dubai

24H: Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG wins rain-shortened 15th Hankook 24H Dubai

DUBAI (11 January 2020) – The Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 with starting number 4 and drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi from the UAE, Ben Barker from the UK, Hubert Haupt and Manuel Metzger from Germany and Jeroen Bleekemolen from The Netherlands was confirmed as the winner of the 15th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI. For the first time in the event’s history, the full duration couldn’t be completed. Heavy rainfall and standing water prompted race control to red-flag the race after 7h17m. In spite of the best efforts by the staff and officials of Dubai Autodrome, continuing rainfall throughout the night and the morning prevented any further action. It was decided not to continue the race for safety reasons, a decision fully accepted and unanimously applauded by everyone in the paddock and pit lane.

From the moment the first team members and drivers arrived in Dubai, the weather had been the main talking point. Race week started in fine conditions, as usual in the United Arab Emirates, but rain was forecast for Friday and Saturday, the days on which the race was scheduled to take place. And quite a lot of rain, too, causing some worries among the teams from all over the world that had come to participate in the first international endurance race of the new calendar year. Tyre partner Hankook reacted quickly and had an additional supply of rain tyres delivered to Dubai Autodrome to be prepared for any conditions and to meet the increased demand from the participating teams.

The event officially started on Wednesday with a parade of the race cars from Dubai Autodrome to the nearby First Avenue Mall in Dubai’s burgeoning Motor City district with a large crowd in attendance. The traditional Welcome Barbecue was held on the start-and-finish straight of the circuit on Wednesday evening. Conditions were still fine for practice and qualifying on Thursday and after rain during the night also for the pre-race activities and the start of the race on Friday at 15.00 hrs local time.

The first part of the race saw entertaining on-track action, but after five hours, the intensity of the rain increased, leading to more and more water on the track and in the run-off areas. At 22.17 hrs, race control decided to interrupt the race with the red flag and all cars were parked on the main straight.

Rain continued throughout the night, affecting not only the infrastructure of Dubai Autodrome, but also the city of Dubai and the rest of the Emirates. At 7.00 hrs, after thorough analyses of the situation, it was decided in mutual consent by race control, Dubai Autodrome and CREVENTIC not to resume the race on grounds of safety.

Results per class HERE

At the time the red flag came out, the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#4, Khaled Al Qubaisi / Hubert Haupt / Ben Barker / Manuel Metzger / Jeroen Bleekemolen) was leading the race with 168 laps completed. Therefore, the German team was confirmed as the winner of the race, claiming its record fifth win in history of the Hankook 24H DUBAI after earlier success in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. It was also the fifth Dubai race win for Mercedes-AMG. Khaled Al Qubaisi, Hubert Haupt and Jeroen Bleekemolen now all are three-time winners of the event. Khaled Al Qubaisi, from the UAE, was behind the wheel when the race was stopped. “Conditions were extremely difficult, there were puddles everywhere,” he reported. “It is a pity we can’t continue, but there is no doubt that stopping the race is the right decision. Safety comes first.”

Two Audis, the Car Collection Motorsport entry (#88, Rik Breukers / Christopher Haase / Mike David Ortmann / Dimitri Parhofer / Markus Winkelhock) as last year’s Dubai race winner, and the MS7 by WRT car (#7, Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud / Michael Vergers / Dries Vanthoor / Christopher Mies / Rik Breukers), rounded out the top three, all on the same lap as the winning car.

Completing Mercedes-AMG’s clean sweep of success in the GT3 class, the MP Motorsport car (#19, Daniël de Jong / Henk de Jong / Bert de Heus / Jaap van Lagen) took the spoils in the GT3-Am class, two laps ahead of the Toksport WRT Mercedes (#70, Axcil Jefferies, Alexander Hrachowina / George Kurtz / Martin Konrad / Finlay Hutchinson) and three laps clear of the Dinamic Motorsport Porsche (#28, Roberto Pampanini / Ivan Jacoma / Maurizio Calamia / Stefano Monaco / Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen).

The best-placed GTX car was the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo of UAE-based team, Dragon Racing (#788, James Geddie / Glyn Geddie / Adam Balon / Phil Keen), seven laps ahead of the QSR Racing Mercedes-AMG (#754, Jimmy de Breuker / Michiel Verhaeren / Olivier Bertels / Johnny de Breucker / Dimitry Gvazava). Another six laps down, the VDS Racing Adventures MARC II V8 (#758, Raphaël van der Straten / Hary Putz / Nick Geelen / Patrick Asnong / Jake Camilleri) took third in class.

Porsche 991 Cup class honours went to MRS-GT Racing (#989, Jukka Honkavuori / Gosia Rdest / John Hartshorne / Ollie Hancock), followed by race:pro motorsport (#996, Bertram Hornung / Matthias Jeserich / Christian Voigtländer / Max Weering / Larry ten Voorde), one lap in arrears, and DUWO Racing (#909, Andrey Mukovoz / Sergey Peregudov / Stanislav Sidoruk / Dylan Pereira), two laps down on the class winners.

In GT4, meanwhile, Korean team Atlas BX Motorsports had made it all the way up with the Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#403, Steven Cho / Jongkyum Kim / Masataka Yanagida / Jaesung Park) from last on the GT grid to class victory. On the same lap as the class winners, British team Century Motorsports saw both its BMW M4 GT4s rounding out the GT4 podium, the car with starting number 430 (#430, Angus Fender / Brett Strom / Ben Hurst / Daren Jorgensen / Nathan Freke) just ahead of its sister car (#429, Nathan Freke / Ben Hurst / Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke / Angus Fender / Daren Jorgensen) with an almost identical line-up.

AC Motorsport Audi takes Hankook 24H DUBAI TCE honours in the rain

DUBAI (11 January, 2020) – Belgian team AC Motorsport claimed its maiden Hankook 24H DUBAI TCE division win in a race that was shortened to 7h17m due to torrential rain. After the decision not to continue the race for safety reasons, the team’s Audi RS 3 LMS (#188, Stéphane Perrin / Vincent Radermecker / Tom Boonen / Gilles Magnus / Matthew Taskinen) was classified as the winner. Having been on TCE pole already twice in Dubai, the team finally celebrates its maiden division win in the Hankook 24H DUBAI. For Audi, it was the second touring car success in Dubai after the brand’s maiden TCR win in 2017. The result also means the first major international motor racing success for Tom Boonen, a multiple cycling champion.

“Conditions out there were simply unbelievable. I was driving really slowly, but there was even aquaplaning on the straights,” Canadian Matthew Taskinen, who was behind the wheel of the class-winning Audi when the red flag came out, commented. Next to the win in the TCE division, the AC Motorsport team also came out on top in the TCR class, followed by two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs, the Lestrup Racing Team car (#111, Hannes Morin / Martin Öhlin / OIiver Söderström / Marcus Fluch) and the Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing entry (#112, Alberto Vescovi / Roberto Ferri / Miklas Born / Constantin Kletzer / Yannick Mettler), both two laps behind.

With TCR cars locking out the overall top ten of the TCE division, TCX class honours went to the Team ACP – Tangerine Associate BMW M240i Racing Cup car (#321, Catesby Jones / Ken Goldberg / Damon Danieli / Dr Jim Norman). The TCE pole-winning CWS Engineering Ginetta G55 (#278, Colin White / Bradley Scorer / Jean-François Brunot / Fraser Robertson / Adam Hatfield) finished second in class, followed by the Nordschleife Racing Ligier JS2 R (#226, Guillaume Roman / Thierry Blaise / François Riaux / Michel Sallenbach). The only finisher in its class, the Team Avia Sorg Rennsport BMW M240i Racing Cup (#351, Skip Woody / Johan Schwartz / Benito Tagle / Mark Brummond) won the TC class.

The next race in the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook will see teams and drivers heading to the world-famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy for the inaugural  Hankook 12H MONZA (27-28 March), the season opener of the 24H SERIES Europe powered by Hankook. Further information can be found at: www.24hseries.com.


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8 hrs ago


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We stand with #F1 do you always have to reminded of true responsibility by the Champ #LewisHamilton Proudly black/colored❤️👌🙏👀

Really F1? And yet they held a Bahrain Grand Prix literally while the locals were protesting and being oppressed. One post created by your PR team while you’ve done nothing for real change seems quite meaningless. Do better.

Hamilton was on the receiving end of racism during the pre season tests at Catalunya in 2008, so he knows what it’s like firsthand. Good job he spoke out, especially with what happened in Minneapolis last week

Took a bit of criticism from your best driver for you to say something about it as a whole. We do this together.

Will F1 really take a stand and not hold events in countries with systemic human rights violations? I doubt it.

So much racism in F1. I can’t wait for the day a person of color drives the best car on the grid, makes the most money, and becomes a multiple world champion... oh wait... never mind 🙄

Whatever..day late..dollar short..only speaking up after prodding from Lewis...PR lip service...

Humans are imperfect and forever will be. I doubt you can oppose and eradicate it. Each and every individual need to decide to not let these evil things from inside to take control of him. Once all the protests are over it will silence down only for it to come back again. How soon another protest will happen doesn't matter. How capable EACH and EVERY human is from getting controlled from the evil within is the real challenge. The lack of self control is the greatest human imperfection.

Nice to finally hear from the American owners of F1. Been left to Lewis to lead the charge again.

Let's be real, had Lewis Hamilton not called them out. They wouldn't have said anything.

You missed the caveat... *yet we’ll still continue to do business & hold races in Russia, China, Bahrain, Vietnam & Abu Dhabi as well as for pushing for a deal with Saudi Arabia. Because human rights & oppression doesn’t bother us when there’s $ to be made.

What about all of the roits, and looting. Nothing will be said about it? People’s businesses ruined by this. But nothing will be said about it?

Seems like a miscalculated PR stunt to me. I don't think F1 has any business talking about anything other than racing, considering that F1 races are regularly held in countries with questionable-at-best records in human rights and equality. Also, what does the tragic failure of American politics and law enforcement have to do with racing? This is all rather disappointing, but what can you expect from an American-owned series.

Let's fight against police brutality also! Why none entity can write it explicitly?

We have to fight against this racism together. And also against the police brutality.

Should have done this before Lewis accused the whole paddock of racism

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Lewis Hamilton is the voice of F1

What is this about?

I hope this isn't supporting the beating of innocent people and the burning/looting of innocent peoples businesses!

they're not gonna buy tickets or subscriptions, bro.

This is the first time F1 has a “political” view on things. Next: terminate the contracts with China?

This is better I can support this message forever !!! Every other company charity and celebrity that are jumping on the band wagon can just do one ! Well done F1

Why do people get so angry when people try to say something good?

Looks as though LH got his way...whining works

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Hopefully some real action soon 🙏

MotoGP game is not at the level of the F1 . Why?

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for 2020 the graphics and gameplay are pretty shit I have to say

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The Hankook 24H PORTIMAO will be broadcast live on our Youtube and Facebook channel. 💥

With the smallest possible team, we will make as much exciting TV as possible! 🎥 

Large parts of the race will be broadcast so that everyone can enjoy racing! 🏎️💨

Are you going to watch after waiting for so long? 😀

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