NO SLEEP: Lismores David Russell with the Juniper Racing Porsche he drove at the recent 24-hour race at Dubai.
NO SLEEP: Lismores David Russell with the Juniper Racing Porsche he drove at the recent 24-hour race at Dubai.

Lismore driver wows them in 24-hour race at Dubai



LISMORE'S David Russell and his team Juniper Racing finished fourth at the Toyo Dubai 24-hour motor race at the weekend.

Russell is the lead driver for Juniper, which is based at the Gold Coast, and the team managed to finish fourth overall but third in their class out of 92 teams in atrocious conditions.

It was a fantastic result for Russell who recorded the second fastest lap time during the race.

He also logged 10.5 hours behind the wheel and a number of European and Asian teams were impressed with the Lismore driver's performance.

The race was won by VIP Petfoods which is another Gold Coast team.

Rain caused havoc with the race after the first slight drizzle set in seven hours after the start.

Soon after the drizzle turned into a downpour.

Because it hadn't rained in Dubai for months, the track became extremely slippery which made it very difficult for the competitors.

Several times the clerk of the course neutralised the race by means of a Code 60-rule (maximum speed of 60kph for all competitors) after several drivers had spun off the track.

In Dubai rain is quite unusual especially the amount that fell during the race. According to information from local residents, the last time any meaningful rain showers fell over the Dubai Autodrome was in April last year.

For many drivers racing in the rain and especially in the dark was a very exciting affair.

Around 1am another downpour occurred and the track was left with huge amounts of water on the track.

The Porsche has a 3800cc naturally aspirated motor developing 500hp. Porsche recommends the motor be rebuilt after 35 hours of racing so you don't get much practice time in the car.

Russell describes the performance of the car, which is worth more than $600,000, as a 'Carrera Cup Porsche on steroids' and at a recent practice at Queensland raceway was beating V8 Supercar times.

Three more races in the 24-hour series will be held at the Eurospeedway, Valencia and Hungary.



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