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9Hr Report: Porsche maintains lead in 24H Dubai

The #911 Herberth Motorsport Porsche of Robert Renauer has continued to lead from Sven Muller’s #12 Manthey Porsche as the race completes hour nine.

In third position is the #2 Black Falcon Mercedes with Jeroen Bleekemolen back behind the wheel, sitting only a couple of seconds behind Muller’s Porsche. In fourth position is the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Haase, which has fought its way up after early delays. Completing the top five is the second Black Falcon Mercedes of Hubert Haupt.

The race has continued to be affected by Code 60 periods, the most recent of which involved the #246 Reiter Engineering KTM X-BOW GT4, the car’s woes continuing after it had contact with the #964 GRT Grasser Racing Lamborghini earlier in the race.

The car appeared to be smoking before it came to a halt at the exit of Turn 7 with a flatbed and an ambulance arriving quickly at the scene. Both the lead Porsche’s took the opportunity to pit under the Code 60.

Leading the A6-Am class is Christiaan Frankenhout in Hofor-Racing’s #1 Mercedes AMG GT3, from the two chasing Mercedes of Gravity Racing International and HTP Racing respectively.

In SPX, the #87 Lamborghini Super Trofeo of GDL Racing Middle East has maintained its lead, with Rory Penttinen currently behind the wheel.

While Black Falcon may not currently hold the positions they want in A6-Pro, they have dominated the 991 class, with Alexander Toril continuing to hold onto the lead ahead of the fellow Porsche 991 cup cars of PROsport Performance and race:pro motorsport.

In the SP3-GT4 category, the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 lost the lead when it was wheeled into the pit garage, handing the lead to the CWS Ginetta currently piloted by Tom Hibbert.

In the TCR class, the brand new Audi RS3 LMS continues to dominate on its race debut, with James Kaye behind the wheel. He leads the category from the two TCR-spec Seat Leon’s of Modena Motorsport and Team Bleekemolen.

In the CUP1 class the leader is still the Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup car, which has led the majority of the race in the category.

In the A3 class, the Team Altran Peugeot 208 GTi leads, with the A2 category led by Lap 57 Motorsports with their Honda Integra DC5.

Photo Credit: www.dailysportscar.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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