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Mercedes power to pole for 24H Dubai

It was Jeroen Bleekemolen who planted the #2 Mercedes AMG GT3 on overall pole for the Dubai 24 hours, after setting the early pace for Black Falcon with a 1:57.705.

He improved his time in the dying moments of the session but the lap was deleted after the officials believed it was completed under a local yellow flag.

Qualifying in second position in the A6-Pro category was the Lamborghini Huracan of Mirko Bortolotti, with the Porsche 991 GT3 R of Robert Renauer completing the top three with a time of 1:57.993, meaning the top three were eventually covered by just two tenths.

Mirko Bortolotti’s Lamborghini Huracan set the second fastest time, having topped the opening practice session earlier in the week.
Credit: www.dailysportscar.com

Making it four manufacturers in the top four positions was Christopher Haase in the #14 Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS, followed by Maro Engel in the #3 Mercedes.

In his return to circuit racing, ex-F1 racer Robert Kubica set a time of 1:58.663 in the Olimp Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The polesitter in the SPX class qualified quicker than the best of the A6-Am cars, with the #204 Vortex V8 piloted by Arnaud Gomez setting a time of 2:01.895.

The top two cars in A6-Am have now been promoted to the A6-Pro class for the race courtesy of posting a lap time below the 2:03 mark. This was the Mercedes of Paul Lafaurgue and the Audi of Michael Vergers.

Consequently, the V8 Racing Corvette gains pole position in the A6-Am class.

In SP2, pole position went to the #207 Silver Sting of Bovi Motorsport, driven by Jaap van Lagen. The car would later stop out on track causing the local yellow which tripped up Jeroen Bleekemolen late in the session.

In the first of the two qualifying sessions, Mike Simpson scored pole in the GT4 class, with a time of 2:08.153, which put him three tenths clear of Jann Mardenborough’s GT Academy Team RJN Nissan 370Z.

At least 93 cars will take the start of the twice-round-the-clock enduro, which will start tomorrow at 2pm local time and 09:30 GMT.

Photo Credit: sportscar365.com

Michael Haffenden

Second year Journalism student at the University of Kent, with a huge passion for Motorsport. Love all types of motor racing from F1 to touring cars but endurance and sportscar racing has to be my favourite. Primarily cover IMSA United SportsCars for L&T Motorsport, but can be found writing about other series, including ELMS, WEC and 24H Series races.

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