WEC star Hart­ley helps Porsche to Dubai win

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For­mer World En­durance cham­pion Bren­don Hart­ley took his first win in a 24-hour race last week­end with vic­tory in the Dubai 24 Hours.

The Porsche LMP1 driver was part of a Her­berth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R quin­tet that even­tu­ally won by two laps. The Kiwi shared the car with Robert and Al­fred Re­nauer, Ralf Bohn and Daniel Alle­mann.

“It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence, the first time for me in a 911,” said Hart­ley. “I had a great team, great team-mates. Hope­fully that form will con­tinue on to the WEC.”

Man­they’s iden­ti­cal Porsche was sec­ond and orig­i­nally fought for the lead un­til it sus­tained dam­age in the 16th hour.

British squad Op­ti­mum Motorsport’s Audi was fourth over­all, while the team’s Ginetta G55 crew of Ste­wart Linn, Ade Bar­wick, Dan O’brien and Will Moore won the SP3-GT4 class.

Fur­ther back, the Audi RS3 LMS car won the TCR cat­e­gory on its de­but with veteran tour­ing car driver James Kaye along with Ju­lian Grif­fin, Erik Hol­stein and Fin­lay Hutchi­son at the wheel.

In the Pro­to­type sup­port races, Op­ti­mum’s Ginetta G57 of Bar­wick, Bradley Ellis, Kyle Mas­son and James French won the sec­ond of three three-hour con­tests.

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