Le Dubai 24-Hours
What do Schumacher, Mansell and Waltrip have in common? They were all racing in the Dubai 24-Hours; Cora, Greg and Michael that is, respectively. Ralf’s lady was in a Mini, as in Cooper, and finished 29th. The Mansell munchkins, Greg and Leo, were classified 22nd in their Lotus Evora.
Nascar star Michael Waltrip, entered in a Ferrari F430, did not suffer a ‘tar’ fire but had an engine flame-out during warm-up.
Lambo Field. Departure for the Dunlop 24-Hours of Dubai. A field of over 80 cars took the start in the sixth running of the Arabian endurance event. Leading the way from the front row was a pair of Lamborghinis. The inaugural event in 2006 was won by BMW; among the drivers were Hans-Joachim Stuck, who once drove for Bernie-owned Brabham F1 team, and Christian “Toto” Wolf, Austrian businessman, part investor in Williams F1 team and boyfriend of Scottish racer Susie Stoddard.
Photo: BMW Motorsport
BMW. The ultimate winning machine
It took a Swede, Brazilian, American and a German lady to end Porsche’s run of three successive victories in Dubai. The BMW Z4 entered by Need For Speed Team Schubert was driven by Edward Sandström, Augusto Farfus, Tommy Milner and Claudia Hürtgen.
Ferrari F430 of AF Corse and driven by Eppe Perazzini, Michal Broniszewski, Lorenzo Case and Marco Cioci was second. Final podium spot was grabbed by Black Falcon’s Mercedes SLS AMG driven by Thomas Jäger, Kenneth Hayer, Jan Seyffarth and Sean Paul Breslin.
Photo: Luca Cima
F1weekly friend on Lap 57
Umair Khan, a friend of F1weekly residing in Dubai, raced Honda Civic entered by Lap 57 team. They qualified second in their category and were close to a podium finish in their class when the engine quit.
The team is named as a tribute to the inaugural Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, the first in the Arabian Gulf region which was contested over 57 laps.
Gulf. The Spirit of John Wyer Racing
Dubai’s version of Falcon and Snowman
Belly dancing. Outsourced to Manila Bay
— Nasir Hameed
Warm greetings and Burj Khalifa regards.