The endurance race is the traditional curtain-raiser for the motorsport season and also the first race for the 2018 Audi team. The line-up consists of two brand-new Audi R8 LMS GT cars in the GT4 class. The #247 car will be driven by Adderly Fong, Marchy Lee, Shaun Thong, Darryl O’Young and Charles Kwan.
A strong quartet of drivers is at the wheel of the sister car #248: reigning champion Philip Ellis will be joined by Joonas Lappalainen, the 2016 Audi TT Cup winner, Gosia Rdest from Poland, who took her first podium in the TCR class at the 24h Dubai in 2016, and the German John-Louis Jasper.
In addition to the Nürburgring, Daytona and Spa endurance classics, the 24-hour race in Dubai is now firmly established on the international GT calendar. The event traditionally kicks off the new season for numerous teams and drivers from all over the world. One of the categories with the most entrants is the GT4 class, in which Phoenix Racing will be competing. 2018 marks the twelfth running of the Hankook 24H Dubai.
Participation is a particular highlight for Phoenix Racing, as the Audi R8 LMS GT has been co-developed by the team from Meuspath. Work on the new GT4 racing car officially ended on 15th December 2017, when team manager Ernst Moser’s crew received the spanking-new cars for Dubai.
This limited preparation time has been the biggest challenge for the team. Design, paintwork, car adjustments and setup had to be finalized for the coming endurance race in less than a month over the busy Christmas period. “The team has given its all to get both cars ready for the race,” says Ernst Moser, looking back with pride. “The first part is done and now we have to give it everything in Dubai to rise up to the challenge of 24 hours of racing. We’ve put together a powerful line-up with an excellent mix of ambitious youngsters and experienced stalwarts.”
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