Following the dramatic showers that brought out a 47-minute-long Code 60, the 2024 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai geared up for a thrilling finish. Asian Motorsport reviews the action, direct from the Dubai Autodrome paddock.

By Nida Anis

With only 36 finishers out of a 55-car field and over a third of cars retiring from the race, it’s safe to say that this year’s 24H Dubai was a race of attrition. The GT3s, GT4s, 992s, and TCEs battled through sandstorms, oil spillages, and even rain at the challenging Dubai Autodrome Circuit.

First to take the chequered flag was Christopher Haase in the Eastalent Racing Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II #54 with a 1:36.207 lead, ahead of Sven Müller in the Proton Huber Competition Porsche 911 GT3 R #83. Jack Barlow finished third overall in the Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 #22.

Century Motorsport leads GT3 Pro-Am and Am classes

With the first two overall finishers being Pro entries, Barlow’s third-place finish put him at the top of the GT3 Pro-Am podium, ahead of Emirati team Manamauri Energy by Ebimotors’ Porsche 911 GT3 R #95 and Century Motorsport’s #14 BMW.

The Century Motorsport #14 was the leading car in the GT3 Am category. The Sainteloc Junior Team’s #26 – the French outfit’s only finishing car – was second, edging out Haas RT’s #21 Audi into third by just 6.836 seconds.

Red Camel-Jordans.nl #909 leads Porsche 992 category

Chief among the surprises of the 24H Dubai was the high finishing positions of cars in the Porsche 992 class. With eight retirements and one non-starter in the GT3 category, the Porsche 992 911 GT3 Cup machines stepped up to the plate, with class winner Red Camel-Jordans.nl #909 finishing in 11th overall.

Joining Red Camel-Jordans.nl on the podium was QMMF by HRT’s #931 in second and Swiss outfit Fach Auto Tech’s #962 in third. Qatari team QMMF by HRT led the Porsche 992 Am subdivision ahead of RPM Racing’s #907 and Emirati challenger Rabdan by Fulgenzi’s #971.

Mixed fortunes for GT4 and GTX competitors

Toro Verde’s Ginetta G56 Cup #795 finished 17th overall, ahead of French outfit Vortex V8’s Vortex 2.0 #701. The third GTX car, Razoon More Than Racing’s #714, retired from the race, but was still classified in the provisional results.

Continental Racing by TTR’s Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO #496 was the only GT4 finisher, taking the chequered flag in 27th overall.

AGMC Racing Team by Simpson Motorsport’s BMW M4 GT4 #438 was classified in second despite retiring from the race. The other GT4 entry, Century Motorsport’s BMW M4 GT4 #429, was not classified.

Simpson Motorsport’s #138 leads TCE field

Simpson Motorsport’s Audi RS3 LMS DSG #138 led the six-car TCE field, with driver Andrei Muraveika piloting the TCR car to 28th overall. It was the only TCR car to finish the race, with AC Motorsport’s #188 Audi retiring after 14 hours.

In second was CWS Engineering’s Ginetta G55 #278, which finished first in the TCX subdivision. Second-placed TCX finisher SRS Team Sorg Rennsport’s Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS #227 finished third in the TCE category.

An eventful – and successful – 24 Hours of Dubai

The 2024 24H Dubai proved to be thrilling, with surprises and twists at every turn. Despite shipping issues threatening to jeopardise the event, organisers Creventic were able to host a thrilling race at Dubai Autodrome.

The next race in Creventic’s 24H Series will take place in Mugello, from the 22-24th March 2024, before the championship moves to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Missed the 24H of Dubai? A replay of the race will be made available on the 24H Series YouTube Channel.

Race results

Header photo credit: 24H Dubai

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