Dubai, UAE, 14 January 2021: Cars forged in Stuttgart led the way in qualifying ahead of the Hankook 24H Dubai race (15-16 January) with the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Precote Herberth Motorsport (#92) topping timing screens at Dubai Autodrome.
Drivers Jürgen Häring, Wolfgang Triller, Vincent Kolk, Sven Müller and Klaus Bachler put the German team on pole after clocking in a best lap time of 1:56.553 on the 5.39-kilometre Grand Prix Circuit, beating out another Porsche, of Dinamic Motorsport (#7), by just .140 seconds.
Müller posted the extraordinary top time with just two minutes of the 30-minute session left to run to secure the Bavarian team’s maiden pole position at the Hankook 24H Dubai. In the process, the German also bested the previous fastest pole lap in Dubai, a 1:56.716 set by Mirko Bortolotti back in 2018.
“It was a great qualifying,” Sven Müller remarked. “It was an intense session and we put on two new sets of tyres because the front was really, really tight! But I enjoyed every moment on-track. There was no traffic, the car was really awesome, and you never know what’s going to happen, but for me, it was a perfect lap. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Herberth Motorsport is no stranger to the 24H Dubai, having last won the race in 2017.
An Italian machine, in the guise of the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO (#63), was over half a second a lap down on the leaders, to round out the top three for GT class cars.
In the TCE category, the Volkswagen Golf GTi of reigning champion Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing (#112), with drivers Antti Buri, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Gustavo Xavier, Jasmin Preisig and Miklas Born, topped qualifying with a best lap time of 2:09.405, edging out the CWS Ginetta G55 of CWS Engineering (#279) by .276 seconds.
Race action kicks off at 15.00 on Friday (15 January), with the chequered flag ending the race on 15.00 Saturday (16 January). The race can be viewed live online on 24H Series social media (Facebook & YouTube).
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether