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Black Falcon Leads Night Practice in Dubai

Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon Mercedes quickest in night practice…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After narrowly missing out on pole, Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon topped the time sheets in night practice in Dubai.

The No. 1 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Bernd Schneider, Khaled Al Qubaisi and Andreas Simonsen led the way with a 2:00.041 lap time.

It was 0.274 seconds quicker than the No. 7 Craft-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3, driven by AMR factory drivers Stefan Muecke, Darren Turner as well as Tomonobu Fujii, Darryl O’Young and Frank Yu.

American Dane Cameron made a last-lap improvement to put the No. 76 Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 third overall and in the A6 class, thanks to a 2:00.800 lap time in the V8-powered beast.

The top-five was completed by the No. 5 Spirit of Race Ferrari, featuring Giannmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander, and the No. 17 Craft-AMR Aston that sees the driving strength of Super GT ace Richard Lyons.

Seventy five of the 79 remaining entries set times in the two-hour session, which required each driver to complete a minimum of three laps.

A 30-minute warmup session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. local, with the 9th annual Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai getting the green at 2 p.m. (5 a.m. ET)


John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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