WRT starts its 2022 season with a double at the 24 Hours of Dubai

The year could not have started better for the WRT team. After announcing this week the entry of two LMP2 prototypes to defend its title in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and confirming Valentino Rossi’s full GT World Challenge program, the Belgian team has just signed the double during the 24 Hours of Dubai, launch event of the circuit season.

Starting on pole, the Audi MS7 by WRT of Mohammed Saud Al Saud, Axcil Jefferies, Christopher Mies, Thomas Neubauer and our compatriot Dries Vanthoor will in fact only have lost the lead due to a staggered refueling strategy. But they were clearly the strongest, on and off the track, and made the difference against the sister car thanks to the higher quality of their crew. The N°31 indeed lost its mind when the Robin brothers, good French enthusiasts, took control. But they are of course also delighted with this first runner-up won in the company of Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, Benjamin Goethe and Frédéric Vervisch, the only official driver on this car against three elites on the victorious R8 LMS.

The most threatening in the end during three quarters of the race, the Lamborghini Barwell gave up on mechanical problems shortly before the 19th hour, leaving a quarter of Mercedes AMG on the heels of the “Belgian” Audis. Due to a refueling seven minutes from the finish, the giant Rafaelle Marciello’s Abu Dhabi Racing by HRT lost third place on the podium by seven seconds against the Sun Energy 1 by SPS of Jules Gounon, Maro Engel, Mikael Grenier and Kenny Habul, ranked three laps behind the winners. Three Audis, six Mercedes and a Porsche make up the Top 10 and confirm the grip of the German brands on GT3 endurance. Only BMW is missing, the first of the new M4s finishing in a distant 21st place.

On the Belgian side, we note the 19th place of Christian Kelders and Pierre-Yves Pâque, fifth in GT3-Am on the Audi Saintéloc, but above all the victory in GTX (25th overall) for the world premiere over 24H of the Audi GT2 PK Carsport of Bert and Stienes Longin associated with Pieter Guelinckx and Stijn Lowette. Twenty-seventh place overall for our best representatives in Porsche with the 991 Red Ant Racing of Tom Boonen and the trio Philippe Wils, Kurt Hensen and Luc Vanderfeesten.

Finally, if the two Aston Prosport entrusted in particular to the Dumarey family, Jena Glorieux and Nico Verdonck encountered a lot of problems, we note the 2nd place in TCE of the Audi RS3 AC Motorsport of our compatriot Mathieu Detry who will have led the category for a long time. TCR before breaking its differential and losing seven laps to change a shock mount.

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