Dubai-based GPX Racing, winners of the 2019 Spa 24 Hours, claimed another major 24-hour race win, this time on home ground by taking the 2021 Dubai 24H powered by Hankook.
The #36 Porsche 911 GT3R with Julien Andlauer, Mathieu Jaminet, Axcil Jeffries, Frederic Fatien and the evergreen Alain Ferté led for many hours but saw a challenge into Saturday morning from the HRT Bilstein Mercedes AMG GT3 Evo. Ferté takes a second Dubai 24H win after taking the win too in 2016 in a WRT Audi
The timing of a late ‘Code 60’ full course caution though saw the Porsche regain an advantage with the AMG falling back to third, fuelling as the race went back to green, the #31 WRT Audi leapfrogging the HRT-run car for a fight to the flag with Maro Engel looking to close down a fuel-saving Dries Vanthoor, the lead Porsche with a 3 minute plus advantage.
Vanthoor would make it home for second ahead of a disappointed AMG crew.
HRT Abu Dhabi Racing would though take the GT3 Am class win, fifth overall for their #5 AMG with Al Qubaisi doing double duty, this time with Valentin Pierburg, Florian Schulze, Nico Bastian and Patrick Assenheimer, the pace and consistency of the crew overcoming a Friday evening scare when the car was run out of fuel on track and required a tow back.
The AMG would come home with a comfortable margin over the pair of Car Collection Audis the #34 would finish second in class (6th overall), the sister #88 third in class and 8th overall.
In a race of attrition amongst the 51 starters, the 991 class was won by the #991 Dutch NKPP by Bas Koeten 911 GT3 Cup with the all-Dutch driving squad of Harry Hilders, Gijs Bessem, Bob Herber and Roeland Voerman, the car coming home 12th overall.
GTX went to the #710 Liepert Lamborghini Super Trofeo (13th overall), Gregg Gorski, Gerhard Watznger, Kurt Thiel, Oscar Lee and Fidel Leib
The all North American-crewed ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 took the GT4 class win (15th overall) with Canadian pair Samantha Tan and Nick Wittmer and Asian Le Mans Series bound US pair Chandler Hull and Jon Miller
TCR, the largest class in the race saw the #131 TOPCAR Sport Cupra take the win (18th overall) Fabian B=Danz, Adrian Spescha, Patrick Sing, Ronny Jost and Benjamin Leuchter
TCX saw PK Carsport win the class in their #208 BMW M2 CS Racing (25th overall), Father and Son Bert and Stienes Longin, Peter Guelinckx and Stijn Lowette.