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Vilander Quickest in Practice 1 at Dubai

Toni Vilander takes Spirit of Race Ferrari to top in Practice 1…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Toni Vilander led the way in an abbreviated opening practice in Dubai.

A 2:00.233 lap time set by the Ferrari factory driver late in the session put the No. 5 Spirit of Race entry atop the time sheets.

Vilander edged out the No. 458 GT Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of Pierre Kaffer by 0.604 seconds.

The No. 4 Fach Auto Tech Porsche 997 GT3 R of Sebastien Asch was third quickest overall and in the A6 class with a 2:00.903 lap time.

The 45-minute session was stopped halfway through due to a fire by the No. 144 GC Automobile BMW silhouette car of Jerome De La Chapelle.

Race officials stopped the clock but restarted the session with only 15 minutes remaining.

A second practice session is on tap for 1:15 p.m. local time.

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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