Audi Sport customer racing celebrated a perfect start to the 2019 racing season with a stellar one-two finish at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai. The newest generation Audi R8 LMS GT3 recorded its first-ever one-two result in a major endurance racing event.
After 607 laps, Car Collection Motorsport’s #88 Audi R8 LMS GT3 with a team of Dimitri Parhofer, Christopher Haase, Frédéric Vervisch, and Rik Breukers crossed the finish line with a one-lap lead over the next competitor. Team MS7 by WRT came in second with their Audi piloted by Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud, Michael Vergers, Christopher Mies, and Dries Vanthoor.
Race-winning #88 Audi R8 LMS GT3 leading the pack.
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing congratulated the Audi-driven teams, saying: “Sincere congratulations to our customer teams Car Collection Motorsport and MS7 by WRT on this outstanding success in Dubai.”
“The 24-hour race featured a strong field, so that makes us all the happier about the first endurance racing success of the latest evolution version of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 following its homologation – this one-two result is an impressive performance by the further development of our customer sport race car,” Reinke concluded.
The Car Collection Motorsport team had started from the front row and taken the lead through the first ten laps of the race. As the day wore on, the lead kept shuffling between different front-running contenders. However, from the 16th hour onwards, the #88 Audi R8 LMS GT3 led the entire race till the chequered flag went down.
Team MS7 by WRT's #34 Audi R8 LMS GT3 which clinched second place, seen in action at the Dubai Autodrome.
In the last third of the race, the MS7 by WRT team edged steadily ahead to the second position and defended it until the end. A total of five Audi R8 LMS cars, including those from Attempto Racing, BWT Mūcke Motorsport as well as Car Collection Motorsport’s second car finished in the top ten at 24 Hours of Dubai.
Car Collection Motorsport has a unique record to boast of in this race. The team led for 560 laps out of 607, the highest number of any competitor in the race. It has regularly participated in the 24 Hours of Dubai ever since the event’s first running in 2006. This victory marks the biggest success of Audi Sport customer racing in the endurance division. For Audi Sport, it marks the second victory in Dubai following the success of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in 2016.