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Audi wins new gen GT3 arms race in Dubai

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Saturday 16th January, 2016 - 10:08pm

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Audi wins the battle of the new generation GT3 machines by clinching the 24 Hours of Dubai

Audi wins the battle of the new generation GT3 machines by clinching the 24 Hours of Dubai

Audi ace Laurens Vanthoor has taken the chequered flag to win the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, clinching the race by five laps.

In a shootout for the new generation of GT3 machines, Vanthoor and co-drivers Michael Meadows, Stuart Leonard and Alain Ferte produced a near flawless display in the R8 LMS.

It was the first victory for Audi in the race with the Belgian WRT team saluting at their first appearance in the twice-around-the-clock event.

Both new generation Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GTs struck trouble through a combination of gearbox woes and contact.

Oliver Morley, Oliver Webb, Adam Christodoulou, Frankie Montecalvo and Abdulaziz al Faisal were second in their back-up SLS AMG after their primary car caught fire in the lead-up.

The Abt Audi driven by Christer Jons, Andreas Weishaupt, Isaac Tutumlu, Matias Henkola and Daniel Abt were third.

A high profile casualty after being in a strong position was the Land Motorsport Audi R8 co-driven by Christopher Mies which was eliminated within three hours of the flag with a gearbox failure after earlier running out of fuel.

A nasty incident saw Matteo Cressoni (Ferrari 458 GT3) collect the Ginetta G50 of Thomas Martinsson.

Martinsson had to be cut from the wrecked Ginetta and is recovering in a Dubai hospital after suffering suspected broken ribs.

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