The year in motorsport finally started in this Friday/Saturday combo with a whole day of racing, as the 24 Hours of Dubai not only started racing in 2015, but as well started a new era in the 24H Series, as the Creventic-promoted series gained international recognition by FIA. And as there's more than we can describe in one photo, so here we go:
Well, because of the 2014 season in F1 everybody got used to the scene of Mercedes winning races. So, it passed only two months and a few kilometers and different championships and cars to Mercedes win again in the Middle East, as the Black Falcon team brought the SLS AMG GT3 model to victory at Dubai Autodrome, driven by Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman and Oliver Webb, in a confortable fashion like the F1 team.
The second place was occupied by... Another Mercedes, as RAM Racing, returned to racing after closing its doors in the middle of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Four laps behind the Black Falcon SLS, Cheerag Arya, Thomas Jäger, Tom Onslow-Cole and Adam Christodoulou drove the silver-red Mercedes to a runner-up finish. Hope is that RAM Racing can continue to race, this year and in the future.
Other event of notice is the fifth place overall finish and a runner-up podium in the A6-Am category by the Nissan GT Academy boys.
This was the first time that the RJN- run squad was 100% composed by the Gran Turismo gamers/drivers, as well the first time they run a Nissan GT-R GT3 at Dubai, having previously run only Nissan 370Z GT4 models.
Led by german graduate Florian Strauss, Mexican Ricardo Sanchez, Saudi Ahmed Bin Khanen, American Nick Hammann and French Gaetan Paletou made a trouble-free but nervous race, as the GT Academy Class of '15 floated in and out of the A6-Am class podium, finishing near class glory, as their race ended nine laps behind class winners of Dragon Racing, driving a Ferrari 458 GT3.
PHOTOS: 24H SERIES