TOYO TIRES 24H DUbai 2006 Duller Motorsport wins first 24 hourrace of the Middle-East
The First Toyo Tires Dubai 24 hours is won by Austrian Duller Motorsport in the Red Bull BMW M3 E46 GTR. After a cautious start from their pole position the team took the lead at the end of the first hour and lost it only in the fourth hour due to a mechanical problem. After the problem was fixed it didn’t took long before they regained the lead until the finish.
Trophies of 1st TOYO TIRES 24h race of Dubai were presented by:
Shaikh Saeed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum
Duller Motorsport 1
BMW M3 E46 GTR
Drivers: Dieter Quester, Hans Joachim Stuck, Philipp Peter, Toto Wolff
Hubert Bergh Motorsport
Porsche 996 GT3
Drivers: Hubert Bergh Sven Isakson, Manfred Gottschich, Kenneth Hedberg, Djon Clausen
Drivers: Miro Konopka, Gene Sigal, Matthew Alhadeff, Mauro Casadei
The Duller-GTR, driven by Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Phillipp Peter and Toto Wolff managed 519 laps in the 24 hours and also put in the fastest lap of the race in 2 minutes, 10.057 seconds on the 175th lap. The #32 sister-car, also starting from the front row only could complete 192 laps and had to retire.
Behind the almighty Red Bull GTR a lot of competitors tried to keep in touch with the Austrians but had all to cope with different technical problems. The main challenger in the opening stages of the race, Dutch Lammertink Motorsport with the Porsche 966 GT3, took briefly the lead, but had to end their bid for victory when they entered the pits with a broken drive-shaft. After repairs they finished the race but way down in 11th position.
Among the other teams in the huge 67-car field who could get close to the eventual winners were German CM Creativ Marketing-drivers Martin Dechent, Jurgen Bender and Lars Nielsen. The Porsche-driver took advantage of the technical mislap of the winners during the fourth hour and took the lead for a few laps, but had to make way as the Duller-car rolled again.
In the last six hours the challenge came from Porsche-teams Hubert Bergh Motorsport and Slovakian AC Bratislava. They only could get within five laps, but never seriously challenged the winning GTR. Dutch Motors Television in a BMW Compact GTR won the class up to three liters an finished in sixt place, well ahead of their nearest rivals in class Team German Wheels.com.
German Maeder Motorsport won the up to two liter class in a Honda S2000. After the retirement of the Schubert Motors 2 ETCC-BMW 320i, they dominated the class and finished eventually in a fine fifth place overall despite a late challenge from the other Schubert 320i who finished second in the biggest A2-class. The all new BMW Motorsport 120d was the strongest in the diesel-class, in the ninth place overall. The competition can expect a difficult upcoming season, keeping in mind this was only a “test-race” for the new diesel.
Australian Team Mirage managed even a 1-2-3 finish in the class up to 1600cc and could manage 14th and 15th thanks to only 11 pitstops, the least stops of all finishers.
During the night the race was stopped for 1 Ѕ hour due to a massive crash between two Renault Clio’s. Around three o’clock Dutchman Ronald Morien lost all electrical power and came to a standstill on the racing-line of the start-finish straight. While resetting the car fellow countryman Jaap van de Ende overlooked the stationary racecar and crashed at almost 100 mph into Morien’s Clio. The fueltank broke and set Van de Ende’s car on fire. Luckely both drivers escaped the flames with only minor scratches, at half past four the race was restarted behind the safety-car.
The first Toyo Tires 24h of Dubai was with 67 entries and more than 300 drivers a huge succes. Creventic BV, organizing the event for the first time, is happy and hopes for even more entries in the future. Creventic BV would like to thank the authorities of Dubai for their friendly coцperation in the preperations of the event.
European viewers of Motors Television can watch the 28th of January an action packed review of the 2006 Toyo Tires Dubai 24 hour-race.