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Halfway Report: Porsche continues to lead the 24H Dubai at 12 hour mark

Porsche continues to lead at the halfway mark of the 24H Dubai, with the #12 Manthey Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R of Jochen Krumback out front, but switching positions with #911 Herberth Motorsport Porsche of Brendon Hartley whenever the cars make their scheduled stops.

Sitting in third position is the #2 Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen, with the #14 Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS of Flick Haigh and the Mercedes of Maro Engel completing the top five.

It has been a fascinating battle at the head of the field, currently led by Jochen Krumback the #12 Manthey Racing Porsche.                                   Credit: www.dailysportscar.com

The first half of the race has seen a fair amount of green flag racing but numerous Code 60 periods have also halted the action with incidents being cleared and marshalls taking the opportunity to clear any detritus that may be on the circuit or trackside.

In the A6-Am class, Michael Kroll leads the way in the #1 Hofor-Racing Mercedes AMG GT3, with the two Mercedes of HTP Motorsport and Gravity Racing International making it three Mercedes in the top three of the category, albeit with the latter of the three fielding the older SLS GT3 model.

In the 991 category, the #68 Black Falcon Team TMD Friction Porsche of Anders Fjordbach continues to dominate, with Pierre Ehret also prevailing out front in the SPX class, behind the wheel of the GDL Racing Middle East Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.

At the front of the SP2 class is the #58 VDS Racing Adventures MARC Focus v8 of Pierre Dupont, just ahead in the overall standings of the SP3-GT4 leader, the #231 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 of Stewart Linn.

In the TCR class, Mathias Beche took the lead from the Erik Holstein #108 Cadspeed Racing with Atech Audi RS3 LMS. This was before Beche stopped out on circuit in his #216 Modena Motorsports Seat Leon TCR.

In the A3 category, the metronomic #308 Team Altran Peugeot of Kim Holmgaard continues to lead the way, and thanks to its consistency is gradually creeping up the overall order.

In A2, the #171 Peugeot RCZ run by the Team Eva Solo/K-Rejser is leading the way, with Thomas Sorensen currently behind the wheel. The car gained the lead after the erstwhile class leader, the #570 Honda Integra of Lap57 Motorsports, had an incident out on track which lost it many laps.

In the CUP1 category, it is a Sorg Rennsport one-two, with Christian Andreas Franz leading from Shawn Peh, with the former class leaders Bonk Motorsport running third and fourth.

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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