Martin Ragginger on pole for 24 Hours of Dubai

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Martin Ragginger on pole for 24 Hours of Dubai
Jan 8, 2015, 5:26 PM

The lineup has been set for the 24 hour endurance race.

#170 Speedworks Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4: John Gilbert, Flick Haigh, Paul O'Neill, Devon Modell
#90 Car Point S Racing Schmieglitz Seat Leon Supercopa: Daniel Schmieglitz, Cyndie Allemann, Heino Bo Frederiksen, Axel Wiegner, Heinz Jürgen Kroner, #26 Black Falcon Porsche 991 Cup: Saud Al Faisal, Anders Fjordbach, Keita Sewa, Andreas Weishaupt, Patric
#90 Car Point S Racing Schmieglitz Seat Leon Supercopa: Daniel Schmieglitz, Cyndie Allemann, Heino Bo Frederiksen, Axel Wiegner, Heinz Jürgen Kroner
#30 Ram Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Cheerag Arya, Thomas Jäger, Tom Onslow-Cole, Adam Christodoulou
#930 Team 930 Rush Porsche 997 Cup: Yutaka Matsushima, Tomoyuki Takizawa, Yosuke Shimojima, Takeomi Mima, #5 Car Collection Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Peter Schmidt, Heinz Schmersal, Johannes Siegler, Patrik Kaiser, Ingo Vogler
#2 Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Oliver Webb
Cyndie Allemann
#27 Car Collection Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Tim Müller, Dirg Parhofer, Jürgen Krebs, Pierre Ehret, Norbert Pauels, #5 Car Collection Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Peter Schmidt, Heinz Schmersal, Johannes Siegler, Patrik Kaiser, Ingo Vogler
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#159 Red Camel-Jordans.nl Audi R8: Rik Breukers, Ivo Breukers
#5 Car Collection Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Peter Schmidt, Heinz Schmersal, Johannes Siegler, Patrik Kaiser, Ingo Vogler
#96 Mike Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Michael Chua, Joseph Chua, Rick Cheang

DUBAI (8 January, 2015) – With a lap time of 1:57.562 minutes, Austrian driver, Martin Ragginger, was fastest in qualifying for the tenth running of the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Thus, Ragginger put the FACH AUTO TECH Porsche 997 GT3 R (#12, Klohs/Ragginger/Richter/Müller) on pole position for the race.

Dutch driver Yelmer Buurman qualified the fastest of the two Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars (#2, Al Faisal/Haupt/Buurman/Webb) in second place, 0.302 seconds down on Ragginger’s pole-winning time.

The second row on the grid also has a Porsche lined up next to a Mercedes-Benz as Christian Engelhart ended up third fastest with the Porsche of last year’s winning team, Stadler Motorsport (#1, Ineichen/Ineichen/Amstutz/Engelhart), with German Thomas Jäger fourth in the RAM Racing Mercedes (#30, Arya/Jäger/Onslow-Cole/Christodoulou).

Martin Ragginger on pole, comments

Martin Ragginger was quite pleased with his qualifying performance: “I drove many good laps, although none of them was entirely perfect,” the Austrian admitted. “Our car has been working very well throughout the event so far and the combination of our Porsche with the new Hankook tyres seems to be very effective. Of course, this is only half the job done, but being on pole position always is a nice feeling.” Porsche factory-backed junior driver Sven Müller is eagerly looking forward to his maiden 24-hour race: “I came on board with this team at a late stage, but I am really happy to be here!” Racing stalwart Otto Klohs commented: “With so many cars on the track, traffic is going to be an important issue, but we will definitely do our best to score a good result!” Jens Richter left no doubt about the team’s ambitions: “A podium finish certainly is our goal, and when we can be in the middle of the podium, it would be fantastic!” Ragginger’s fastest qualifying time means the fifth pole position for Porsche in history of the Hankook 24H DUBAI.

Black Falcon looking strong

Pole position in the Porsche class went to the Black Falcon entry (#25, Schuring/Kaiser/Metzger/Raubach) thanks to a fastest time of 2:03.701 minutes, set by the 2011 VLN champion, Manuel Metzger. Only 0.005 seconds further down, French driver Alban Varutti put the GC Automobiles silhouette car (#150, Varutti/Pontais/Tiel/Amrouche) on pole in the SP2 class with a time of 2:03.706 minutes. Fastest SP3 car was the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 (#163, Hankey/Yoluc/Ellis/Barwick) in the hands of Bradley Ellis with a time of 2:09.671 minutes.

Cup 1 class

BMW works driver Jörg Müller put the MPB Racing Team BMW M235i Cup (#74, Henkola/Kuhs/Henzel/Müller) on pole in the Cup 1 class with a time of 2:17.777 minutes. The A5 class also had a BMW on pole position with Bob Herber, who drove the JR Motorsport BMW E46 GTR (#77, Herber/Lanting/Gill/Jaffray) to a time of 2:11.684 minutes. UAE-based team Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing achieved local success by setting the fastest time in A3T with its SEAT Leon Supercopa (#95, Moutran/Moutran/Moutran/Quaife), driven by Phil Quaife to a time of 2:09.671. Another UAE-based team, Lap 57 Team, was fastest in class A2 with its Honda Integra Type-R (#57, Al Owais/Al Hammadi/Zuhour/Umemoto/Channake) thanks to a lap time of 2:20.836 minutes, achieved by Mohammed Al Owais.

Weekend schedule

On Friday, 9 January, there is a warm-up from 10.30 till 11.00 hrs. The race starts at 14.00 hrs and ends on Saturday, 10 January, at the same time, followed by the official prize-giving ceremony (all indicated times are local for the UAE, CET is three hours earlier). Motors TV is broadcasting the entire race live while there are also regular updates on Twitter (@24HSERIES) and Facebook (24H Series). More information about the Hankook 24H DUBAI and the other rounds of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook can be found HERE.

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