Herberth Leads Porsche 1-2 Sweep in 24H Dubai

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Herberth Motorsport has claimed victory in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, leading a 1-2 for Porsche in the German manufacturer’s first major 24-hour win with the new-generation 911 GT3 R.

Robert Renauer took the No. 911 Porsche to a two-lap victory over the No. 12 Manthey Racing entry, following an incident-filled 24H Series season-opener that was marred by 22 Code 60 periods and nearly six hours of time under caution.

The winning entry featured 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley, in his Porsche GT3 debut, marking the Kiwi’s first 24-hour race victory in only his second GT racing start.

The German squad took control of the race in the overnight hours, when an accident for the Manthey entry, which led at the halfway point, cost them nearly two minutes for repairs in the 16th hour.

While having dropped to fifth at the time, Klohs, Jochen Krumbach and Porsche’s young stars Matteo Cairoli and Sven Mueller charged back to finish second overall and in the A6-Pro class.

Renauer, meanwhile, shared top overall honors with his twin brother Alfred, as well as Hartley, Daniel Allemann and Ralf Bohn, completing 578 laps.

It marked Porsche’s first overall win in the Middle Eastern enduro since 2014 when Stadler Motorsport took a 997-based 911 GT3 R to victory.

“I only met the squad for the first time on Wednesday and I immediately felt at home,” Hartley said. “My first outing in a GT-Porsche was a great experience and I hope that I’ll be back again next year.

“I love driving the 911 GT3 R on the road and now I’ve also fallen in love with the racing version.”

The No. 3 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 completed the overall podium in third after a steady run spearheaded by Maro Engel and Yelmer Buurman, with Joe Osborne manhandling the No. 14 Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS to fourth overall, after losing power steering.

Three Porsches finished inside the top-five, with the No. 76 IMSA Performance entry coming home in fifth.

A number of GT3 contenders were knocked out of contention, most notably the No. 2 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG, which crashed in the hands of Khaled Al Qubaisi in the 17th hour when running third.

Mirko Bortolotti collected the stricken Mercedes-AMG on-track, resulting in retirement for the No. 963 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 as well, some ten hours after the sister No. 964 Lamborghini dropped out, also due to an accident.

The No. 21 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini, which showed early pace, finished 21st overall after multiple mechanical and on-track issues.

Defending race winners Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, which entered two Audi R8 LMS cars for the first time, had a mixed race, with contact in fifth hour delaying the No. 4 car, with the Saudi-backed No 5 entry coming home sixth overall.

A6-Am class honors went to the No. 1 Hofor Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Michael Kroll, Chantal Kroll, Roland Eggimann, Kenneth Heyer and Christiaan Frankenhout, with a seventh place overall finish.

Black Falcon, meanwhile, claimed the 991 win with its No. 68 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which finished four laps ahead of the second-placed PROsport Performance entry, featuring Americans Charles Espenlaub, Charlie Putman and Joe Foster, plus Andy Pilgrim.

SPX went to the No. 87 GDL Racing Middle East Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, in a 1-2 run for the Italian manufacturer.

The debuting BMW M4 GT4, run by Schubert Motorsport, finished fifth in the SPX class, and ahead of the SP3-GT4 class-winning Optimum Ginetta G55 GT4.

RESULTS: 24H Dubai

14 Comments

  1. P

    January 14, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Herbeth Motorsport are now the Dominators of Dubai.

    And well done Manthey, And Porsche. You guys Dominated this race.

  2. Jimmy

    January 14, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Nearly 6 hours code 60 unexeptable Too many cars and drivers that do not belong in the race

    • J~

      January 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Did you even watch or read stats? 5hrs C60 and most were for mechanical issues, not bad driving. You get that even at Le Mans, IF u watch that. Ever sit through a barrier repair??

      • Jimmy

        January 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        No sir Le Mans has never had this amount of interference They do not recover cars to the pits if you do not make it to the pits your out and I have been attending Le mans since 1969

        • Anthony Blair Thomas

          January 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

          This is the dilemma that “purist” must contend with.

          You can not have it both ways.

          5 hours + hours of Code 60 is taking the “American” route that people should be given the opportunity to finish.

          The Le Mans route will one day if it already hasn’t in the internet era leave your favorite team or car stranded on course.

          I was gutted Toyota had victory in-hand two-three years ago and couldn’t make it back to the pits after contact during the rain period.

          I didn’t come post on the internet that Le Mans rules were unacceptable.

        • J~

          January 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

          5 1/2 hours of cautions in 2013 @ Le Mans….so NEVER?

          BUT, I never said anything about broken cars allowed to return. At LeMans they should be retired. But at more “amateur” events the cars should have every right to get back in the race.

  3. N8

    January 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Agree with the other sentiments here. Herberth looks unstoppable.

    Driving standards definitely were an issue though. 95 cars seems like too many with such a huge gap in skill levels on track. And I hate to say something negative of the course workers, but some of those Code 60’s would have been too long even by IMSA standards.

  4. Jason

    January 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Between IMSA GTD and Creventec, the Porsche 911 is putting on a very good perfromance. I hope this turns the corner and we’ll see more of a Porsche presence in the one series where it has been lacking for a long time now: Blancpain GT.

  5. JC

    January 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Meh, like RLM stated, this race and series overall were meant to provide a cheaper alternative for smaller teams in more humble cars to get their endurance fix in, with a few top GT3 teams thrown in for a bit of flair and frosting/cherry on top. A smaller portion of cautions were for actual on track contact versus mechanical issues that some people seem to be insinuating.

    • Jimmy

      January 15, 2017 at 12:28 am

      I wish to mention that I lived in Bermel Germany not far from the Nurburgring I raced there in VLN races Westfahlenfahrt and Adeneuer till quite recently I have raced against some of these drivers so i think I am qualifeid for a oppinion I visit this website because I find it the best for the reporting American Endurance and GT racing Thank You Sie sind ein Arschloch – Joachim alias Jimmy
      PS Thanks to John for up to date news Rate it as good as French site Endurance-Info and German site GT-Eins

      • Helmuth

        January 15, 2017 at 4:44 am

        @ Jimmy Joahim Hallo Überraschung treffen, die Sie hier nicht diese Leute aufregen sind Amateure und haben nicht das gleiche wissen wie Sie Ihren alten Freund Helmuth Hohendal – Lubeck

  6. Anthony Blair Thomas

    January 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I didn’t watch this year’s event; I might later.

    95 car is not that many when I think it was 100+ cars took the start at Daytona when the last Honda NSX made it’s one and only on-track appearance.

    The problem is overall driving standards and belief that Code 60 is the silver bullet for purist that like Le Mans/European racing but also like American racing.

    The actual answer is “all the above”. People should be allowed to finish and some caution periods should handled without a safety car.

    Any series with an amateur bent will have a problem with quality of the show.

  7. J~

    January 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Pit crews can wear shorts and t-shirts. Ten (10) gas “pumps” for refueling, TOTAL! Have a car you can’t race anywhere else? Creventic will find a class for you and keep u running for as long as u can/want. I think its a great training ground on an international stage.

    If u don’t like it DONT watch or race there, but why complain about what’s good for many others

  8. NaBUru38

    January 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    With so many entries, Creventic will have to do more touringcar-only races.

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