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Lind Leads 24H Dubai as Code 60 Shakes Up Hour 1

Dennis Lind leads after opening hour of 24H Dubai as Code 60 shakes up field…

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Dennis Lind leads the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai with the first hour completed, having elected to stay on track while most other cars completed their first stops during a Code 60 period.

The newly-signed Lamborghini factory driver is at the wheel of Target Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 running in the A6-Am category.

Most other cars made pit stops, mostly for full service and driver changes, while Lind remained on track to build up a 30-second lead.

He runs ahead of the KCMG’s Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driven by Alexandre Imperatori, who inherited the A6-Pro class lead after a quick stop in the pit lane.

Mirko Bortolotti led the first ten laps from pole position in his Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini but lost two positions while battling through GT4 traffic.

This allowed Christopher Haase to assume the lead for Car Collection Motorsport, ahead of Christopher Mies in the MS7 by WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo.

Haase currently runs third, while the Grasser and WRT cars dropped back to ninth and tenth with Rolf Ineichen and Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud having taken over driving duties.

The 11-minute Code 60 period was brought out to repair the Turn 4 barrier when Stepan Krumilov crashed his Porsche 911-II Cup. 

Other incidents include the Hofor Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 dropping back after contact by another Porsche Cup car, while Nicolai Elghanayan brought his KTM X-Bow GT4 into the pits with a small oil fire.

Cicely Motorsport is still in the lead of GT4, with Frank Bird at the wheel of its Mercedes-AMG GT4.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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