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ALMS – Winning Debut for Rinaldi Racing in AM Class at Dubai


 

Yas Marina, 12 February, 2021 

The 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Rinaldi Racing triumphed on Saturday in the GT3 Am class at the 4 Hours of Dubai, the opening round of the ALMS. In the GT3 class, the Prancing Horse cars finished the race within sight of the podium.

Highlights
It wasn’t an easy debut for the Ferraris competing in the first round of the Asian series. The 488 GT3 Evo 2020s were hampered by a Balance of Performance that prevented them from challenging for victory. Even so, there was no shortage of noteworthy performances such as Giancarlo Fisichella, who challenged the top three after an exciting start, and Nicklas Nielsen and Alessio Rovera, who were among the quickest and most consistent in their respective stints, as was Alessandro Pier Guidi.

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Obstacles
Proceedings were interrupted just before the two-hour mark by a Full Course Yellow, and the race of some of the Maranello cars was also impeded by a few drive-through penalties for veering off track. The Formula Racing no. 60 of Nielsen-Rovera-Laursen was the first Ferrari under the chequered flag, in sixth position. Eighth place went to the Rinaldi Racing trio, Rigon-Perel-Mastronardi, who finished ahead of the Kessel Racing by Car Guy crew of Kimura-Jensen-Ledogar. The first of the two AF Corse Ferraris was eleventh over the line, with Fisichella-Flohr-Castellacci at the wheel, while its twin, the no. 51 driven by Pier Guidi-Piovanetti-Negri Jr, completed the four hours in fifteenth position. The Porsche no. 99 of Precote Herbeth Motorsport claimed the winner’s laurels.

Double podium
In the Am class, victory went to the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Rinaldi Racing, crewed by Christian Hook, Manuel Lauck and Patrick Kujala, who finished twelfth overall. The Ferrari with the distinctive green livery finished one lap ahead of the BMW of Walkenhorst Motorsport and the Kessel Racing car of Roda-Zollo-Kohmann.

Programme
The second round of the ALMS will take place in Dubai on Sunday. It sets off at 12:45 pm (local time, 9:45 am in Italy) and finishes four hours later.

Race 1

 

Pos

Class

Pos

R#

Make

VIN

Drivers

laps

1

LMP2

1

26

Aurus 01 - Gibson

 

Yifei Ye
Ferdinand Habsburg
Rene Binder

-- 127 laps

2

LMP2

2

28

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Sean Gelael
Stoffel Vandoorne

-- 126 laps

3

LMP2

3

5

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Matthias Kaiser
Simon Trummer
Nicki Thiim

126 laps

4

LMP2

4

25

Aurus 01 - Gibson

 

John Falb
Franco Colapinto
Rui Pinto de Andrade

-- 125 laps

5

LMP2

5

64

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Arjun Maini
Narain Karthikeyan
Naveen Rao

-- 124 laps

6

LMP2 AM

6

18

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley
Andreas Laskaratos

-- 123 laps

7

LMP2 AM

7

11

Ligier JS P 217 - Gibson

 

Neale Muston
John Corbett

-- 120 laps

8

LMP3

1

23

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Manuel Maldonado
Rory Penttinen
Wayne Boyd

-- 119 laps

9

LMP3

2

9

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Tony Wells
Colin Noble

-- 118 laps

10

LMP3

3

3

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

James Mcguire
Duncan Tappy
Andrew Bentley

118 laps

11

LMP3

4

2

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

John Loggie
Robert Wheldon
Andrew Meyrick

118 laps

12

LMP3

5

4

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Jan-Erik Slooten
Leo Weiss

-- 117 laps

13

GT

1

99

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Ralf Bohn
Alfred Renauer
Robert Renauer

117 laps

14

LMP3

6

15

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Maxwell Hanratty
Malthe Jakobsen
Bashar Mardini

117 laps

15

GT

2

7

Mclaren 720S GT3

 

Brend an Iribe
Ollie Millroy
Ben Barnicoat

-- 116 laps

16

GT

3

34

BMW M6 GT3

 

Chandler Hull
Jonathan Miller
Nicky Catsburg

116 laps

17

GT

4

40

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Julien Andlauer
Axcil Jefferies
Alain Ferté

116 laps

18

GT

5

88

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Alexander West
Maxime Martin
Valetin Hasse-Clot

116 laps

19

GT

6

60

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Johnny Laursen
Allessio Rovera
Nicklas Nielsen

116 laps

20

GT

7

97

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Ahmad Al Harthy
Thomas Canning
Jonny Adam

116 laps

21

GT

8

55

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Rino Mastronardi
David Perel
Davide Rigon

116 laps

22

GT

9

57

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Takeshi Kimura
Come Ledogar
Mikkel Jensen

116 laps

23

GT

10

95

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

John Hartshorne
Oliver Hancock
Charlie Eastwood

-- 115 laps

24

GT

11

54

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella

115 laps

25

GT AM

12

66

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Christian Hook
Manuel Lauck
Patrick Kujala

115 laps

26

GT

13

77

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Satoshi Hoshino
Tomonobu Fujii
Tom Gamble

115 laps

27

GT

14

51

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Francesco Piovanetti
Oswaldo Negri
Alessandro Pier Guidi

115 laps

28

GT

15

93

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Steffen Görig

Antares Au
Klaus Bachler

115 laps

29

GT AM

16

35

BMW M6 GT3

 

Henry Walkenhorst
Jörg Breuer
Sami Matti Trogen

-- 114 laps

30

GT

17

89

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Michael Benham
Marvin Kirchhofer
Yuki Nemoto

114 laps

31

GT AM

18

27

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Giorgio Roda
Francesco Zollo
Tim Kohmann

114 laps

32

LMP3

7

33

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Nick Adcock
Michael Jensen
Adam Eteki

-- 109 laps

DNF

GT

 

1

Mercedes A MG GT3

 

Raffaele Marciello
Marcos Gomes
Liam Talbot

-- 102 laps

DNF

LMP3

 

44

Ginetta G61-LT-P315-EVO – Nissan

 

Miro Konopka
Tom Cloet
Charlie Robertson

-- 95 laps

DNF

LMP3

 

8

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Rodrigo Sales
Matt Bell

-- 43 laps

DNF

LMP3

 

63

Duqueine M30 -D08 - Nissan

 

Jean Glorieux
Laurents Hörr

-- 39 laps

 

Race 2

 

Pos

Class

Pos

R#

Make

VIN

Drivers

laps

1

LMP2

1

26

Aurus 01 - Gibson

 

Yifei Ye
Ferdinand Habsburg
Rene Binder

-- 125 laps

2

LMP2

2

25

Aurus 01 - Gibson

 

John Falb
Franco Colapinto

Rui Pinto de Andrade

45.459

3

LMP2

3

5

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Matthias Kaiser
Simon Trummer
Nicki Thiim

59.745

4

LMP2

4

64

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Arjun Maini
Narain Karthikeyan
Naveen Rao

-- 124 laps

5

LMP2 AM

5

18

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley
Andreas Laskaratos

-- 120 laps

6

LMP2

6

28

Oreca 07 - Gibson

 

Sean Gelael
Stoffel Vandoorne

-- 118 laps

7

LMP3

1

23

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Manuel Maldonado
Rory Penttinen
Wayne Boyd

-- 117 laps

8

LMP3

2

2

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

John Loggie
Robert Wheldon
Andrew Meyrick

1:16.744

9

LMP3

3

8

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Rodrigo Sales
Matt Bell

1:17.769

10

LMP3

4

63

Duqueine M30 -D08 - Nissan

 

Jean Glorieux
Laurents Hörr

1:20.403

11

LMP3

5

3

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

James Mcguire
Duncan Tappy
Andrew Bentley

-- 116 laps

12

LMP3

6

33

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Nick Adcock
Michael Jensen
Adam Eteki

47.462

13

LMP3

7

15

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Maxwell Hanratty
Malthe Jakobsen
Bashar Mardini

-- 115 laps

14

GT

1

40

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Julien Andlauer
Axcil Jefferies
Alain Ferté

24.206

15

GT

2

55

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Rino Mastronardi
David Perel
Davide Rigon

-- 114 laps

16

GT

3

88

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Alexander West
Maxime Martin
Valetin Hasse-Clot

30.421

17

GT

4

1

Mercedes A MG GT3

 

Raffaele Marciello
Marcos Gomes
Liam Talbot

50.334

18

GT

5

99

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Ralf Bohn
Alfred Renauer
Robert Renauer

51.677

19

GT

6

7

Mclaren 720S GT3

 

Brend an Iribe
Ollie Millroy
Ben Barnicoat

51.748

20

GT

7

97

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Ahmad Al Harthy-Thomas Canning-Jonny Adam

57.156

21

GT

8

57

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Takeshi Kimura
Come Ledogar
Mikkel Jensen

1:15.552

22

GT

9

93

Porsche 911 GT 3 R

 

Steffen Görig
Antares Au
Klaus Bachler

1:20.880

23

GT

10

89

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Michael Benham
Marvin Kirchhofer
Yuki Nemoto

1:45.747

24

GT

11

95

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

John Hartshorne
Oliver Hancock
Charlie Eastwood

-- 113 laps

25

GT

12

54

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella

47.726

26

GT

13

77

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

 

Satoshi Hoshino
Tomonobu Fujii
Tom Gamble

51.529

27

GT

14

51

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Francesco Piovanetti
Oswaldo Negri
Alessandro Pier Guidi

-- 112 laps

28

GT AM

15

66

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Christian Hook
Manuel Lauck
Patrick Kujala

4.005

29

GT

16

60

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Johnny Laursen
Allessio Rovera
Nicklas Nielsen

15.276

30

GT AM

17

27

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

Giorgio Roda
Francesco Zollo
Tim Kohmann

36.048

31

GT AM

18

35

BMW M6 GT3

 

Henry Walkenhorst
Jörg Breuer
Sami Matti Trogen

54.610

32

LMP3

8

44

Ginetta G61-LT-P315-EVO - Nissan

 

Miro Konopka
Tom Cloet
Charlie Robertson

-- 111 laps

DNF

LMP3

 

9

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Tony Wells
Colin Noble

-- 96 laps

DNF

LMP2 AM

 

11

Ligier JS P 217 - Gibson

 

Neale Muston
John Corbett

-- 19 laps

DNF

LMP3

 

4

Ligier JS P 320 - Nissan

 

Jan-Erik Slooten
Leo Weiss

-- 13 laps

DNF

GT

-

34

BMW M6 GT3

 

Chandler Hull
Jonathan Miller
Nicky Catsburg

- 5 laps