Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continues its streak of podium leads to Dubai 24-hour race


Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continues its streak of podium results in Dubai 24-hour race

16.01.2021: A profitable season opener for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport: Buyer Racing Workforce HRT Bilstein completed in third place of the 24-hour race in Dubai with its #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Within the course of, Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Patrick Assenheimer, Maro Engel, Hu

A profitable season opener for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport: Buyer Racing Workforce HRT Bilstein completed in third place of the 24-hour race in Dubai with its #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3.


Within the course of, Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Patrick Assenheimer, Maro Engel, Hubert Haupt (all GER) and Ryan Ratcliffe (GBR) secured the 14th podium outcome for the efficiency and sports activities automotive model from Affalterbach within the endurance racing traditional.

The GT3-AM class win for the HRT sister automotive with beginning quantity #5 and a complete of 4 vehicles within the prime ten rounded out the sturdy achievements by the Buyer Racing Groups within the desert.

•    third place for #4 HRT Bilstein Mercedes-AMG GT3

•    GT3-AM class win for #5 HRT ABU DHABI RACING

•    4 Mercedes-AMG GT3s within the prime 10

•    third place within the GT4 class for Dragon Racing

In excellent climate situations, the vehicles from Affalterbach took on the primary endurance racing spotlight of the season on the 5.390 kilometres lengthy circuit at Dubai Autodrome. Following  5 general wins by the Mercedes-AMG Buyer Racing Groups within the Dubai 24-hour race, the HRT Bilstein GT3-PRO crew ranked among the many promising candidates for a prime outcome.

With seventh place on the grid, the preliminary state of affairs for the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 wasn’t excellent, however the crew shortly made up for this within the opening hours of the race. By advantage of a superb begin, Maro Engel (GER) managed to make up two positions and handed the automotive to crew proprietor Hubert Haupt (GER) after two hours.

The three-time Dubai race winner introduced the Mercedes-AMG GT3 on track for the rostrum and racked up some miles within the lead of the sector from lap 79 onwards. Subsequently, Patrick Assenheimer (GER) additionally led the sector for a number of laps. Attributable to an inconvenient code 60 proper after a pit cease, the crew then misplaced a while, however remained constantly on track for a podium end.

In the course of the evening, the #4 automotive established itself within the front-running group and ran in second place till half-hour earlier than the end. Following a ultimate driver change from Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE) to Engel, the crew dropped again one place and ultimately crossed the end line in third place after 599 laps.

The HRT ABU DHABI RACING sister automotive, in the meantime, additionally confirmed a powerful efficiency. Having briefly dropped again from sixth place on the grid, Nico Bastian (GER) drove the #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 again into the highest ten once more. Due to a race that was trouble-free afterwards, Bastian, Valentin Pierburg (GER), Florian Scholze (GER) and the 2 double starters Al Qubaisi and Assenheimer moved up into fifth place within the early morning hours.

The crew then defended this place in a commanding method all through the rest of the race, ending up in first place of the GT3-AM class. Because of this, victory within the AM automotive class went to a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the fifth consecutive time.

For a big a part of the race, a 1-2 within the class was on the playing cards. CP Racing, operating because the reigning GT3 AM class champions within the 24H SERIES season opener, regularly labored its method up from Sixteenth on the grid because the race unfolded. After 437 laps, nevertheless, the #85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 retired following a spin from sixth place and a subsequent impression into the obstacles that broken the chassis past restore.

Two additional Mercedes-AMG GT3s managed to complete within the prime ten, rounding out the sturdy crew achievement because of this. French crew Racetivity completed in seventh place with its #83 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with drivers Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo, Charles-Henri Samani and Matthieu Vaxiviere (all FRA). Having began from thirteenth on the grid, the #19 MP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 was unlucky with a collision within the early levels of the race.

 Nonetheless, Bert de Heus, Daniel de Jong, Henk de Jong and Jaap van Lagen (NED) made a profitable comeback and labored their method up via the sector of over 50 vehicles. The crew ultimately completed in ninth place general and fourth within the GT3-AM class.

Furthermore, Dragon Racing contributed a podium outcome within the GT4 class with its #488 Mercedes-AMG GT4. Adam Christodoulou, Ollie Hancock, John Hartshore (all GBR) and Denis Remenyako (RUS) completed twentieth general and third in school.

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Buyer Racing: “We’re very pleased with such a begin into the 2021 motorsport 12 months. Beginning the season with a podium end and a category win instantly on this 24-hour race with its significantly sturdy entry is a good success.

Congratulations to Haupt Racing Workforce on a convincing efficiency. Furthermore, our additional Buyer Racing Groups additionally did rather well within the season opener. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 has once more proven its power in endurance races. The excellent crew outcome with 4 vehicles among the many first 9 is making us assured whereas wanting ahead to the numerous challenges which are nonetheless awaiting us this season.”

Maro Engel, HRT Bilstein #4: “Second place was inside attain, the battle was solely determined simply earlier than the tip of the race. In the end, it wasn’t fairly sufficient, so third place it’s for us. The race wasn’t straightforward, particularly with so many vehicles on monitor. Many due to the crew and my fellow drivers within the cockpit and congrats to the winners.”

Hubert Haupt, crew proprietor and driver HRT Bilstein #4: “Right here in Dubai, we competed with two vehicles with a prime set-up and we held on to our positions within the front-running group with each vehicles. Our automotive with beginning quantity 5 has put in a terrific efficiency and scored a commanding class win. With the #4 automotive, we actually would have cherished to win the race, however a podium within the season opener can be a superb outcome, in fact. Many due to your entire crew for a profitable race weekend!”

Patrick Assenheimer, HRT Bilstein #4 and HRT ABU DHABI RACING #5
: “The automotive, the crew efficiency, it was all spot-on at the moment. We shortly made up for the preliminary difficulties with the #5 automotive and everybody contributed to that. Securing victory within the GT3-AM class is implausible, in fact, and the well-earned reward for our effort. Too unhealthy that it didn’t work out with the general win for the #4.”

Nico Bastian, HRT ABU DHABI RACING #5: “After the preliminary difficulties, this was an outstanding achievement. The complete crew has executed a faultless job and we made intelligent use of the code 60 neutralisations. I’m very pleased with my teammates Valentin, Florian, Khaled and Patrick who’ve executed a terrific job and have been all the time fast on the market. It was nice enjoyable!”

Outcome Dubai 24 Hours*:

1.    1.
(GT3-PRO)    36    Porsche 911 GT3-R    GPX Racing    Julien Andlauer (FRA), Frédéric Fatien (FRA), Alain Ferté (FRA), Mathieu Jaminet (FRA), Axcil Jefferies (ZIM)

2.    2.
(GT3-PRO)    31    Audi R8 LMS GT3     WRT    Frank Chicken (GBR), Benjamin Goethe (GER), Louis Machiels (BEL), Kelvin van der Linde (RSA), Dries Vanthoor (BEL)

3.    3.
(GT3-PRO)    4    Mercedes-AMG GT3    HRT Bilstein    Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Maro Engel (GER), Hubert Haupt (GER), Ryan Ratcliffe (GBR)

5.    1.
(GT3-AM)    5    Mercedes-AMG GT3    HRT ABU DHABI RACING    Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Nico Bastian (GER), Valentin Pierburg (GER), Florian Scholze (GER)

7.    5.
(GT3-PRO)    83    Mercedes-AMG GT3    Racetivity    Emmanuel Collard (FRA), François Perrodo (FRA), Charles-Henri Samani (FRA), Matthieu Vaxiviere (FRA)

9.    4.
(GT3-AM)    19    Mercedes-AMG GT3    MP Motorsport    Bert de Heus (NED), Daniel de Jong (NED), Henk de Jong (NED), Jaap van Lagen (NED)

20.    3.
(GT4)    488    Mercedes-AMG GT4    Dragon Racing    Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Ollie Hancock (GBR), John Hartshorne (GBR), Denis Remenyako (RUS)

DNF    7.
(GT3-AM)    85    Mercedes-AMG GT3    CP Racing    Charles Espenlaub (USA), Joe Foster (USA), Shane Lewis (USA), Charles Putman (USA)

* excerpt topic to affirmation by the organiser


Jochen Übler, – pictures Mercedes / Creventic

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