Team Black Falcon 2 from Germany emerged as the winner of the Hankook 24H Dubai 2015 on Saturday. After clocking up 604 laps and 3,260.996 km (2,026.289 miles), final driver Oliver Webb in car number 2 – a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 – was the first to cross the line at 2 p.m. local time ahead of his fellow Mercedes driver Adam Christodoulou of Britain’s Team Ram Racing (car number 30).
Taking third place was the Dragon Racing 1 team (United Arab Emirates, car number 88), with Jordan Grogor completing the final stint behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.
At the 10th anniversary of this 24-hour highlight, 89 vehicles lined up on the grid on Friday – more than ever before. Premium manufacturer Hankook was marking its debut as title sponsor and exclusive tire partner in this endurance race held in the United Arab Emirates, which was also the curtain-raiser for the 2015 season of the 24H Series powered by Hankook. The next stop for the FIA-recognized long-distance series is Mugello, Italy, on March 13 and 14, 2015.
After finishing second in qualifying on Friday, Team Black Falcon 2 lived up to its status as favorite for Saturday’s race. With optimal support from Hankook’s Ventus race slicks, the quartet of drivers comprising Abdulaziz Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia), Yelmer Buurmann (Netherlands), Hubert Haupt (Germany) and Oliver Webb (England) finished the race with a four-lap lead over British team Ram Racing, which saw Cheerag Arya (India), Thomas Jaeger (Germany) and Tom Onslow-Cole and Adam Christodoulou (both England) taking it in turns at the wheel.
The fastest lap driven in the Dubai Autodrome – at 1:59.545 minutes – was recorded by Stefan Mücke (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), who finished fourth with his team KPM Racing 1