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Herberth Porsche Out Front With Six Hours to Go

Herberth Motorsport Porsche out front as the sun rises over Dubai Autodrome…

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Herberth Motorsport’s No. 91 Porsche 911 GT3 R leads the Hankook 24H Dubai with six hours of racing remaining on the clock, trading the top spot back and forth with Team WRT’s leading BMW on the pitstop cycle.

At the 18-hour mark, the Porsche driven by Ralf Bohn held a lead of just under forty seconds over the No. 7 BMW M4 GT3 driven by Jens Klingmann. The Porsche is likely to stop again soon.

The two cars have been relieving each other of the race lead during pitstops since just under eleven hours to go, when Bohn closed the gap significantly enough to Klingmann’s co-driver Diego Menchaca to vault up to first place when the Mexican driver made a stop.

The No. 46 BMW piloted by Max Hesse sat in third place but making a pitstop at the hour mark, ahead of the No. 21 HAAS RT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II of Benjamin Mazatis and the No. 10 Grove Racing Porsche driven by Stephen Grove.

The Porsche, having now dropped back to fifth, ran third at the break of dawn with Earl Bamber at the wheel before the New Zealander made a pitstop to hand over to his Bronze-rated co-driver.

The arrival of light rainfall on Sunday morning caught some cars off-guard. Mazatis notably spun the No. 21 Audi, but was able to continue.

The No. Herberth 92 Porsche of Seth Lucas runs in sixth place, ahead of the No. 32 GP-Elite Porsche that had just gone into the refueling area for a fuel stop.

Heart of Racing by SPS sat in eighth with the No. 27 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo driven by Roman De Angelis, ahead of the GT3 Am-leading No. 85 CP Racing Mercedes.

Jaap van Lagen’s No. 19 MP Motorsport Mercedes completed the top ten overall.

The 992 class lead was in the hands of the No. 962 Fach Auto Tech Porsche 992 GT3 Cup of Gabriele Rindone. Razoon – More Than Racing and ROFGO with Dragon Racing continue to lead GTX and GT4, respectively.

In TCR, the No. 188 AC Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR of Stephane Perrin holds a dominant lead after its main competition, Wolf-Power Racing, had both cars in the garage for repairs. It now leads by 16 laps over the No. 121 Audi of Andreas Guelden.

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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