ALMS ... Double Ferrari Podium on Debut at 4h Dubai


Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO 2020 - GTD PRO - Risi Comptizione - Pier Guidi _ James Calado _ Daniel Serra _ Davide Rigon - #62.001

Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO 2020 - GTD PRO - Risi Comptizione - Pier Guidi _ James Calado _ Daniel Serra _ Davide Rigon - #62.001

 

Dubai, 12 February 2022

The first round of the 2021-2022 Asian Le Mans Series held on the Dubai circuit ended with podium finishes for the Ferraris of Rinaldi Racing and AF Corse in the GT3 class and Kessel Racing in the GT3 Pro-Am class. Davide Rigon, David Perel and Rino Mastronardi secured an excellent second place ahead of Conrad Grunewald, Louis Prette and Vincent Abril at the end of a very convincing race. The Kessel Racing crew, on the other hand, completed the scheduled four hours behind the Mercedes of SBS Automotive.

In a very straightforward race, neutralised only by two Full Course Yellows, the Ferraris always occupied the podium positions and led the race for long stretches. Rinaldi Racing’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and AF Corse’s number 17 were among the leading lights in the GT3 class. After taking the lead with Grunewald, the AF Corse APM Monaco car lost it at the first stop when, due to an incorrect alignment at the start, it had to make a 10-second stop before the mechanics could perform the pit stop. At the wheel of the Rinaldi Racing unit, Mastronardi took advantage of the situation to build up a 15-second lead, an advantage he passed on to Perel. After the penalty, Prette produced an excellent comeback that put the Ferrari back in second even though, behind him, the McLaren of Inception Racing, with Barnicoat in the first of two stints, succeeded in moving ahead of the former Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli champion. Shortly after mid-race, the McLaren took the lead, getting the better of the Rinaldi Racing car. Then, at the end, another British car, this time from Optimum Motorsport, challenged Abril for the bottom step of the podium. However, the Frenchman managed to fend off his rivals’ attacks, thus successfully completing his defence of third position.

The second Ferrari of the Piacenza-based team, the number 51, had different goals, with world champion Alessandro Pier Guidi alternating with Victor Gomez and Francesco Piovanetti, twelfth at the finish. At the same time, the only Kessel Racing 488 GT3 Evo 2020 that started, crewed by Roman Ziemian, Francesco Zollo and Axcil Jefferies, completed the four hours in second place in the Pro-Am class. The trio performed excellently, with Jefferies, who knows the track inside out, particularly noteworthy as evidenced by his fastest lap, the second fasted in the GT3 class. 

OA

IC

Class

R#

Car

Team

Driver

Laps

1

1

LMP2

4

Oreca 07-Gibson

Nielsen Racing

R. Sales / M. Bell / B. Hanley

124

2

1

LMP2 AM

39

Oreca 07-Gibson

Graff Racing

D. Droux / E. Trouillet / S. Page

120

3

2

LMP2 AM

49

Oreca 07-Gibson

High Class Racing

D. Andersen / A. Fjordbach / K.Weeda

120

4

3

LMP2 AM

44

Ligier JSP217-Gibson

ARC Bratislava

M. Konopka / N. Muston / J. Corbett 

118

5

1

LMP3

3

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

CD Sport

M. Jensen / N. Adcock / E. Cauhaupe

118

6

2

LMP3

27

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

CD Sport

C. Cresp / A. Doquin / S. Palette

117

7

3

LMP3

26

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

G-Drive Racing

F. Rossello / X. Lloveras / V. Gutak

117

8

4

LMP3

22

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

Rinaldi Racing

L. Weiss / T. Kratz / H. Still

117

9

1

GT

7

McLaren 720S GT3

Inception Racing

B. Iribe / O. Millroy / B. Barnicoat

117

10

2

GT

55

Ferrari 488 GT3

Rinaldi Racing

Davide Rigon / David Perel / Rino Mastronardi

117

11

3

GT

17

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

Conrad Grunewald /Louis Prette / Vincent Abril

117

12

4

GT

42

McLaren 720S GT3

Optimum Motorsport

N. Moss / A. Watson / J. Osborne

117

13

5

GT

88

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

A. West / F. Bird / M. Kirchofer

116

14

6

GT

69

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

Oman Racing

A. Al Harthy / S. De Haan / C. Eastwood

116

15

7

GT

6

Mercedes AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

H. Haupt / R. Penttinen / A. Maini

116

16

8

GT

91

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

A. Renauer / R. Renauer / R. Bohn

116

17

9

GT

95

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

TF Sport

J. Hartshorne / J. Adam / H. Chaves

116

18

10

GT

34

BMW M4 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport

C. Hull / J. Miller / N. Catsburg

116

19

1

GT AM

20

Mercedes AMG GT3

SPS Automotive Per

V. Pierburg / J. Loggie / M. Grenier

116

20

11

GT

33

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

A. Au / Y. Ye / K. Bachler

116

21

12

GT

51

Ferrari 488 GT3

AF Corse

Alessandro Pier Guidi / Victor Gomez / Francesco Piovanetti

115

22

13

GT

12

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Dinamic Motorsport

G. Roda / B. Barker / P. Sager

115

23

14

GT

96

Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO

Attempto Racing

A. Aka / F. Scholze / F. Hutchison

115

24

2

GT AM

57

Ferrari 488 GT3

Kessel Racing

Roman Ziemian / Francesco Zollo / Axcil Jefferies

115

25

15

GT

77

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3

D'Station Racing

S. Hoshino / T. Fujii / T. Gamble

115

26

3

GT AM

99

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Herberth Motorsport

J. Haring / F. Gehrsitz / M. Seefried

114

27

16

GT

59

McLaren 720S GT3

Garage 59

N. Kjaergaard / M. Maldonado / J. Vowles

114

28

5

LMP3

13

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

Inter Europol Competition

A. Bukhantsov / N. Pino / G. Moura De Oliveira

113

29

4

GT AM

35

BMW M4 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport

M. Von Bohlen / H. Walkenhorst / J. Breuer

111

30

6

LMP3

72

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

Koiranen Motorsport

T. Veijalainen / J. Salmenautio / N. Aleksandrov

111

31

5

GT AM

66

Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO

YC Panda Racing

D. Khoo / B. Mardini / E. Lau

108

32

7

LMP3

8

Ligier JS P320-Nissan

Nielsen Racing

A. Wells / C. Noble

105

33

7

LMP3 

21

Ginetta G61-LT-P315-EVO-Nissan

Konrad Motorsport

G. Rindone / J. Grogor / S. Thong

923

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NC

8

LMP3

2

Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan

DKR Engineering

L. Horr / S. Alvarez / M. De Barbuat

105

NC

17

GT

48

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Saalocin by Kox Racing

N. Pronk / S. Kox / P. Kox

7


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