Former Hankook 24H DUBAI winner Herberth Motorsport secured the first outright event pole for Porsche in six years with the fastest pole time to-date.
Herberth Motorsport has claimed the first outright pole position for Porsche at the Hankook 24H DUBAI in six years, securing the event’s fastest ever GT pole lap in the process.
Sven Müller in the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R (#92, Jürgen Häring / Wolfgang Triller / Vincent Kolb / Sven Müller / Klaus Bachler) posted an extraordinary 1m 56.553s lap around the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome with just two minutes of the 30-minute session left to run to secure the Bavarian team’s maiden pole position at the Hankook 24H DUBAI. In the process, the German also bested the previous fastest pole lap in Dubai, a 1m 56.716s set by Mirko Bortolotti back in 2018.
“It was a great qualifying,” FXPrimus GT polesitter Sven Müller explained post-session. “It was an intense session and we put on two new sets of tyres because the front was really, really tight! But I enjoyed every moment on-track. There was no traffic, the car was really awesome, and you never know what’s going to happen, but for me, it was a perfect lap. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
In a frenetic session, the FXPrimus GT pole position was secured by just 0.140s, former event winner Herberth Motorsport pipping the Porsche 911 GT3 R of long-time provisional polesitter DINAMIC MOTORSPORT (#7, Roberto Pampanini / Mauro Calamia / Stefano Monaco / Matteo Cairoli) with barely 120 seconds left to run on the clock. The Italian team will nevertheless start tomorrow’s 24-hour event from the front row.
The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo of two-time event polesitter GRT Grasser Racing Team (#63, Rolf Ineichen / Adrian Amstutz / Mirko Bortolotti / Rik Breukers) will line up 3rd for tomorrow’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook season opener, while last year’s COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily winner – the GPX Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R (#36, Axcil Jefferies / Frederic Fatien / Mathieu Jaminet / Julien Andlauer / Alain Ferté) – will share the second row of the grid for its home event.
The second of three Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R (#91, Ralf Bohn / Daniel Allemann / Robert Renauer / Alfred Renauer) rounds out the overall top five, securing GT3-AM class pole position in the process. Impressively, this means four of the top five runners in GT qualifying at the 2021 Hankook 24H DUBAI are Porsche 991 GT3 Rs.
The Haupt Racing Team, which replaces five-time event winner Black Falcon as a Mercedes-AMG’s customer entry in Dubai, will line up 6th (#5, Khaled Al Qubaisi / Valentin Pierburg / Florian Scholze / Nico Bastian / Patrick Assenheimer) and 7th (#4, Hubert Haupt / Maro Engel / Patrick Assenheimer / Ryan Ratcliffe / Khaled Al Qubaisi) overall. The German team this weekend fields two of only three men to ever win the Hankook 24H DUBAI three times, team owner Hubert Haupt and the UAE’s own Khaled Al Qubaisi.