Grasser Racing Team will start the Dubai 24 Hours from pole position for the second year running, after Mirko Bortolotti set a 1:57.446 in the team’s A6 PRO #63 Huracan GT3 to top the times in GT Qualifying.
The Italian’s lap was set late in the session, to demote the #88 Car Collection Audi to the second spot on the front row. Christopher Haase’s lap in the Audi was a 1:56.635, just under two tenths off.
“You always have to work for pole position, especially in such a tight field like it is here,” Bortolotti said. “It’s the third time I’ve come to Dubai, three front-row starts and two poles. I’m really, really happy. Great way to start the season!”
Third on the grid for the race will be the #7 WRT Audi, which finished up half a second off the lead GRT Lamborghini. The #9 Mucke Motorsport Audi ended up fourth to make it three R8 LMS’ in the top four, ahead of the A6 AM pole-sitting Target Racing Lamborghini which set a 1:58.110 courtesy of Dennis Lind.
Hofor Racing’s #10 Mercedes AMG GT3 ended up second in A6 AM, and 10th overall. Herberth Motorsports’s Porsche completed the class top three in 13th.
The fastest car from last year’s winning team, Black Falcon, is the #2 Mercedes which will start sixth.
Further down the order, Cicely Motorsport set pole in GT4 with a 2:08.837 from its Mercedes AMG GT4. Hofor Racing by Bonk’s #50 BMW M4 GT4 will start second in the class, with the QSR Racingschool Mercedes third.
TCE Qualifying meanwhile, was topped by the SP3-class #378 CWS Ginetta G55 GT4, with a 2:09.035 by Steven Wells. The remaining spots in the TCE top 10 were taken by TCR class runners.
AC Motorsport went quickest in TCR with its #188 Audi RS3 (2:09.571), beating out the #112 Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing VW and #129 LMS Racing Audi which rounded out the top three.
The 2019 running of the Dubai 24 Hours is set to start at 15:00 on Saturday, local time in the UAE.
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