The Red Camel-Jordans.nl CUPRA TCR DSG (#101, Luc Breukers / Ivo Breukers) took its maiden TCR-class win of the 2019 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP at the home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The result marks the first TCR-class win for Luc Breukers, who came into the event with a four TCR Middle East Series podium finishes already under his belt. It is also the first event in which father-son pairing Ivo and Luc have competed in an endurance race together.
“This is the first race I’ve ever shared with my dad, so to take the win as well is awesome!“ a jubilant Luc Breukers noted. “I missed the re-fuelling area at one stage, so that cost us 40 seconds, but we drove fast, we had a good strategy, and it was really fun.“
The J W BIRD Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR (#21, Paul Dehadray / Kieran Griffin) finished an impressive 2nd in the TCR class on its 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP debut, having set a personal fastest lap a full second quicker than the TCR race winners.
“It was a good run, all told,“ Paul Dehadray explained to CREVENTIC. “Our laptimes were down in the heat of the afternoon, but as night fell and it got colder, the times started to come back to us. So we’re pretty pleased with 2nd place, and maybe we can go one better next time.“
The Zengő Motorsport CUPRA TCR DSG (#10, Zoltán Zengő / Csaba Tóth) meanwhile rounded out the TCR podium ahead of the sister #8 machine (Zoltán Zengő / Tamás Tenke). The latter entry took class victory last time out in Dubai but suffered problems during this afternoon’s race.
Next weekend, the 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP concludes with the Hankook 4H DUBAI at the Dubai Autodrome on 7-8 February. The event will be supported once again by the TCR Middle East Series, which will also round out its 2019 season with two 30-minute sprint races. Further information can be found at 24hseries.com.