Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates
- AMG Customer Sports Team Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon finishes second
- A class win and fourth place overall for Black Falcon
- All three SLS AMG GT3s that started made it to the finish
Yas Marina Circuit (UAE). In the twelve-hour race at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit, AMG Customer Sports Team Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon scored a podium result by finishing second. Behind them, the team Black Falcon finished fourth with its SLS AMG GT3 and also scored a class win. With another gullwing, the GT Rusian team came home in eighth place. The race winners from the previous year, Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon had started from third place on the grid with its drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Bernd Schneider (GER). In the car with starting number 1, Bleekemolen already took the lead a few metres into the race. The Dutchman and his team-mates led the race for many laps and eventually were only just beaten by a margin of 3.058 seconds.
For German AMG Customer Sports Team, Black Falcon, the race ended with a class win in the Pro-Am category. Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA), Hubert Haupt (GER) and Richard Muscat (AUS) started from fourth place and finished in this position as well. Following problems in qualifying, the GT Russian team started from last position on the grid. In the race, Alexey Vasilyev (RUS), Marko Asmer (EST) and Karim Al Azhari (GER) worked up their way through the field with the SLS AMG GT3 and eventually finished in eighth place.
Jochen Bitzer, head of AMG Customer Sports: “Congratulations to the Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon and Black Falcon teams. Second place overall and a class win are a great result, of which we are very proud. Further congratulation goes out to the GT Russian team that also managed to bring its SLS AMG GT3 to the finish with success. After this great final race we wish all AMG Customer Sport Teams, their drivers and families relaxing Christmas holidays. We are looking forward to the 24h of Dubai in January, where twelve SLS AMG GT3 will compete in the first race of the year. This will be a new record: Never before more gullwings have participated in a long distance race.”
Bernd Schneider, AMG Customer Sports Pool Driver: “The race was exciting and the battle for the top positions remained very tight until the end. Therefore, it was great fun. We might have just missed out on victory, but we are very happy with this success.”
Sean Paul Breslin, team manager Abu Dhabi Racing Black Falcon: “We are very happy with this result. The race in Abu Dhabi was a successful end of the season and I would like to thank our team for this. We were involved in a hard battle with the winning Ferrari and the McLaren. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough for victory in the end. Our entire team has deserved this podium finish and the victory in the Pro-Am-Class is also a great success for our second SLS AMG GT3.”