Dubai 24H: Series hour 3 report

Porsches set the pace in the first three hours of the Dunlop 24H of Dubai DUBAI (January 15th, 2010) - The number 66-IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, driven by Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Raymond Narac and German Porsche works driver...

Porsches set the pace in the first three hours of the Dunlop 24H of Dubai

DUBAI (January 15th, 2010) - The number 66-IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, driven by Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Raymond Narac and German Porsche works driver Marco Holzer is leading after three hours in the Dunlop 24H of Dubai. Having completed 77 laps, the French team was leading the Besaplast Porsche (Kovac/Tschornia/Thiim/Asch/Asch) and the two Petronas Synthium Team's BMW Z4 Coupes (Taniguchi/Yanagida/Hairuman/Stuck/Yoshica and Kataoka/Orido/Adzmi/Matsuura/Yoshica).

Less than half an hour into the race, the first 'Code-60' phase emerged already after the Red Camel Racing Saker sports car (Krant/Sauriol/Breukers/Thijsen/Verkoelen) had spun under braking before the last corner and was stuck on the racing line. The clerk of the course then decided to impose the maximum speed of 60 km/h for all drivers on the track in order for the stranded car to be recovered. The number 65-IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche was one of the cars to benefit from that neutralisation to make a refuelling stop. The fastest of the two De Lorenzi Racing-Porsches (Borghi/Perazzomo/Cioci/de Lorenzi) also was in the top three for most of the first three hours.

A quick recovery was shown by the Gravity Racing International Mosler that originally had qualified second, but was relegated to the back of the grid after not all of the team's drivers had been able to complete the mandatory number of laps in the dark in night practice due to an engine blow-up. However, less than one hour into the race, the car already showed in the top ten.

-source: 24h series

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Series Endurance
Drivers Raymond Narac , Patrick Pilet , Marco Holzer
Teams IMSA Performance Matmut