DUBAI, UAE, January 11, 2015 / PRNewswire — Team Black Falcon 2 from Germany emerged as the winner of the Hankook 24H Dubai 2015. After clocking up 604 laps and 3,260.996 km, final driver Oliver Webb in a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 was the first to cross the line ahead of his fellow Mercedes driver Adam Christodoulou of Britain’s Team Ram Racing. Taking third place was the Dragon Racing 1 team (United Arab Emirates), with Jordan Grogor completing the final stint behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. At the 10th anniversary of this 24-hour highlight, 89 vehicles lined up on the grid on Friday – more than ever before. Premium manufacturer Hankook was marking its debut as title sponsor and exclusive tire partner in this endurance race held in the United Arab Emirates, which was also the curtain-raiser for the 2015 season of the 24H Series powered by Hankook.
Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Black Falcon 2: “I can’t really grasp yet that we’ve won. The Hankook tires were very good, I was always able to push, their good performance never dropped off. Even at night, when it got very cold, the tires worked flawlessly.”
Christophe Stucki, Hankook’s race engineer: “All the teams sang the praises of the Hankook tires and many of them were able to do double stints with no drop-off in the performance of the slicks. Running on our tires, the Porsche teams were up to two seconds faster than last year. With Dubai being a right-hand course, the left tires take most of the strain, not helped by the two left-handers. But our Hankook slicks took even that majestically in their stride.”
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