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Pure Rxcing Takes Victory in 6H Abu Dhabi

Lithuanian Porsche squad scores first GT3 win with triumph in Yas Marina enduro…

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Pure Rxcing beat Herberth Motorsport to victory in the Hankook 6H Abu Dhabi, securing the Lithuanian-flagged team its first win in international sports car racing.

The No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Alex Malykhin, Joel Sturm and Harry King was classified 7.2 seconds ahead of the No. 91 Herberth Porsche of Markus Neuhofer, Felix Neuhofer, Alfred Renauer and Robert Renauer.

Pure’s Porsche led the race at the halfway point, but fell behind the Herberth entry in the second half of the contest.

Sturm then closed down on Markus Neuhofer in with under 30 minutes to go, but needed to overcome a ten-second penalty for overtaking a car off track.

The German reduced the gap to just four seconds when a Code 60 was called with under ten minutes remaining. After the race was resumed, Sturm swiftly executed the pass and opened up a 17-second advantage at the flag.

The No. 21 HAAS RT Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II of Stephane Perrin, Mathieu Detry and Maxime Soulet rounded out the podium ahead of the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Audi of Michael Doppelmayr, Pierre Kaffer, Elia Erhart and Swen Herberger.

ARC Bratislava’s No. 44 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Miro Konopka and Andrzej Lewandowski completed the top five in class, although the Slovakian squad finished the race behind the 992 class contenders.

Buggyra ZM Racing’s No. 416 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Aliyyah Koloc, Adam Lacko and David Vrsecky took the GT4 class victory, ending the race a lap clear of the No. 405 Ram Racing Mercedes of James Thorpe, Phil Quaife and Phil Keen.

The British squad finished ahead of the No. 12 JR Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Ted van Vliet and Max Weering in the overall standings, which reached the checkered flag race in 16th place.

RESULTS: Hankook 6H Abu Dhabi

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in The Netherlands, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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