COOL Racing beats the heat to take first Abu Dhabi Asian Le Mans Series race


COOL Racing Keeps Calm and Carries on in 4 Hours of Abu Dhabi!

A dramatic 4 Hours of Abu Dhabi saw #37 COOL Racing Oreca 07 Gibson Alexandre Coigny and Mathe Jakobsen take victory, a first for the team in LMP2.

A red flag interruption didn’t stop the on-track action, with battles throughout the field. A sixth-place start saw Coigny and Jakobsen make their way through the class, staying out of the incidents which plagued their competitors to take the win at Yas Marina Circuit.

A post race penalty for Phil Hanson, Paul di Resta, and Jim McGuire saw them fall from second place in the #22 United Autosports Oreca 07 Gibson to 5th. The penalty also promoted their teammates in #23 United Autosports entry, Yasser Shahin, Garnet Patterson and Oliver Jarvis to second.

Championship leaders after Dubai, #25 Algarve Pro Racing, had heartbreak in the final moments of the race when Kyffin Simpson caught the curb and clipped the wall when trying to manoeuvre traffic, giving fourth position to #3 DKR Engineering of Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Ayhancan Guven. Simpson was able to re-join, albeit with a broken gearbox, to limp home.

2019/ 2020 LMP3 Champions, Nielsen Racing, took victory with the #4 Ligier JS P320 Nissan of Tony Wells and Matthew Bell in the final hour following the pit stops. 4 Hours of Dubai Race 1 winners Jerome De Sadeleer, Viacheslav Gutak and Fabien Lavergne in #29 MV2S Racing finished second, ahead of pole sitters #11 WTM by Rinaldi Racing of Torsten Kratz, Leonard Weiss and Nicolas Varrone.

A strong and consistent race by the #7 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes AMG GT3 of Al Faisal Al Zubair, Luca Stolz and Martin Konrad saw them keep their championship hopes alive with victory. Alex Malykhin, Joel Sturm and Harry King in the #91 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R finished second ahead of #19 Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo Gabriel Rindone, Brendon Leitch and Marco Mapelli.

Multiple incidents on the opening lap of the race saw several GT cars damaged and retired, with two entries – #67 Orange Racing Powered by JMH and #74 Kessel Racing – not even making it to the grid because of technical issues.