The G-Drive Racing of René Binder, Yifei Ye and Ferdinand Habsburg won round 1, the 4 Hours of Dubai, of the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series. After some first lap, happy to be back battling, they dominated the LMP2 category ahead of the JOTA Sport Oreca 07-Gibson #28 of Stoffel Vandoorne and an enthusiastic Sean Gelael. A mid-race Full Course Yellow just after the #28 had stopped open up a near one lap gap never to be closed. In its debut race the #5 Phoenix Racing Oreca 07-Gibson made it on to the third step of the podium.

Brief word on Argentinian Franco Colapinto aged just 17 in the #25 G-Drive Oreca,  2019 Spanish F4 Champion and based upon his stints and style one to keep an eye on, stirling drive! 

Photo: G-Drive / Algarve Pro Racing
The LMP2-AM category was led for some time by the #11 EuroInternational Ligier JS P217 but was finally surpassed by recent Rolex24 victors the Era Motorsport (Oreca 07-Gibson # 18) of Andreas Laskaratos, Kyle Tilley and Dwight Meriman.

The LMP3 category continues to be a happy hunting ground for United Autosports with the #23 Ligier JS P320-Nissan dominating proceedings. Rory Penttinen, Wayne Boyd and Manuel Maldonado led from pole and brought the car safely home at the head of the field. Colin Noble in the #9 Nielsen Racing Ligier drove a blinding stint to bring their car home ahead of a second United Autosports Ligier the #3 of Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley. Unfortunately the Ginetta G61-LT-P3 from ARC Bratislava and the Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan both had troubles in their first outings of the season suffering mechanical issues. 

The #99 Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R of Ralf Bohn, Alfred Renauer and Robert Renauer lucked in at the flag as the #40 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Alain Ferte suffered a late spin having led for much of the race.  Alain is now very much the gentleman in the car and came under pressure from the #99 which forced the mistake and took full advantage and victory. The # 7 McLaren 720S GT3 from Inception Racing with Optimum and the # 34 BMW M6 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport completed the podium.

For the GT Am category, the # 66 Ferrari 488 GT3 from Rinaldi Racing stood out.

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