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Black Falcon Wins 24H Dubai After Dominant Run in Second Half

Black Falcon wins Hankook 24H Dubai after dominant performance in second half…

Photo: Black Falcon/Sportscode Images

Black Falcon has claimed its fourth victory in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai after putting in a dominant performance with its pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the second half of the race.

Abdulaziz Al Faisal drove the No. 2 car to the finish by a margin of six minutes over the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

He shared the car with Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman and Gabriele Piana.

The team led almost all of the last 12 hours of the race, with the lead frequently changing between its two cars.

However, the No. 3 Mercedes-AMG of Khaled Al Qubaisi, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Luca Stolz and Manuel Metzger was taken out of contention with four hours to go following contact with the Hofor Racing A6-Am entry while in the lead.

This allowed the sister car to lead over 100 laps relatively unchallenged taking it to the checkered flag. 

While the Manthey Porsche finished three laps down in second, Grasser Racing Team bounced back to finish on the bottom step of the podium.

The No. 964 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 started from pole position but a puncture for Mirko Bortolotti on just the ninth lap pushed the car down the field. 

Nine different cars led the race at various stages although the main challengers were the pair of Black Falcon entries and Herberth Motorsport Porsche.

SPS Automotive Performance won the A6-Am class while Phoenix Racing took a 1-2 win with the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the GT4 category.

RESULTS: 24H Dubai

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. alric8

    January 13, 2018 at 6:33 am

    What a thrilling race

  2. Azuma

    January 13, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Best I’ve seen. Black Falcon are now this year’s Dominators of Dubai.

    Next stop, Daytona.

    • Mike S

      January 13, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Then to Bathurst right after Daytona.

  3. Change it up

    January 15, 2018 at 7:49 am

    This race had the best coverage than from previous years. I was very happy to have total YouTube access and the cameras catching the action were of top quality! The group covering the race were also my favorite broadcasters in the sport! Keep it up 24h Series, you definitely will add fans quick with your high quality broadcast and thrilling 24 hour racing! I was just in awe seeing 88 cars take the start!

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