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Bortolotti Tops Opening Practice in Dubai

Grasser Racing Team quickest in opening practice in Dubai…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Grasser Racing Team has topped the time charts in opening free practice for this weekend’s Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai.

Mirko Bortolotti jumped to the top of the time sheets late in the 30-minute session, having reeled off a quick time of 1:58.306 in his No. 963 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

The Italian driver pipped the No. 2 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen by 0.581 seconds, with the No. 14 Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS third quickest overall and in the A6-Pro class.

Times were significantly quicker than both private test sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, which were led by the Forch and IMSA Performance Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, respectively.

No major incidents were reported in the session, which was limited to just A6-Pro, SP2 and 991 Cup cars.

All classes are now on track for a two-hour practice session, which will be followed by qualifying this evening.

RESULTS: Free Practice 1

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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