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ALMS – Podium and Victory for Rinaldi Racing in Dubai


 

Yas Marina, 14 February, 2021 

The first weekend of the Asian Le Mans Series season ended well for Rinaldi Racing, with a second-place for Rigon-Perel-Mastronardi and a second win in two races for Hook-Lauck-Kujala in the Am class. Despite an unfavourable Balance of Performance, the Ferraris improved on their showing in the first 4 Hours on Saturday.

Podium. In a race marked by two Full Course Yellows, the Ferraris put in a solid performance, especially the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Rinaldi Racing and Kessel Racing by Car Guy, which even led for a few laps. As in race one, the first stint saw Giancarlo Fisichella and David Perel make great comebacks. Indeed, the South African put teammate Rino Mastronardi in an ideal position to drive his stint in the top three. The Michelin Le Mans Cup champion then handed over to Davide Rigon who took the Ferrari to second place, one lap down on the race-winning Porsche of GPX Racing. Eighth-place for Kimura-Ledogar-Jensen didn’t do justice to their excellent performance, as Ledogar’s laps in the lead testify. Fisichella-Flohr-Castellacci secured twelfth with the Roman driver in third during his initial stint after another great start. The other Ferraris completed the 4 Hours from 14th to 17th.


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Double
Christian Hook, Manuel Lauck and Patrick Kujala left Dubai with two first places in two races where they didn’t give their rivals much of a look-in. They also attacked the higher class crews, especially Kujala, who is exceptionally comfortable on this track. The Kessel Racing crew had a better day, with Zollo-Roda-Kohmann second across the line.

Dates
The Asian Le Mans Series will go to Yas Marina next weekend for the two races that will decide the titles and, with them, an automatic invitation to the next 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 


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