Victory in the first international 24-hour race of the year
BILSTEIN and Black Falcon triumph in Dubai
The big winner of the first international 24-hour race in motorsport year 2013 in Dubai is Black Falcon. Fitted with the Modular Damper System (MDS), the motorsport suspension produced by suspension specialist BILSTEIN, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of the official BILSTEIN partner with start number one crossed the finish line in first place. Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon with Khaled Al Qubaisi from Abu Dhabi, Sean Edwards from the UK, Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands and five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider from Germany finished ahead of the Ferrari 458 Italia of the Italian AF Corse team. Third place went to Craft Racing AMR’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The second Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with BILSTEIN MDS came in tenth. In addition to the Porsche 997 Cup from Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, the Porsche 997 RSR from Team Clickvers.de., Bliss Autosport (Porsche 997 Cup), Team Sorg Rennsport (BMW Z4 M Coupé), Team Dragon Speed (Audi R8 LMS), Bonk Motorsport (Chevrolet Corvette C6, two BMW M3 GT 4’s) and GT Academy Team RJN (two Nissan 370 Z’s) all raced with the MDS.
For Black Falcon, the eighth 24-hour race in Dubai was a real emotional rollercoaster ride. Even during free practice, the SLS AMG GT3 was involved in an accident and was irreparable damaged. Despite this, working flat out for 24 hours on the basis of a spare chassis, the mechanics managed to construct a new replacement vehicle with which Bleekemolen later took a commanding pole position.
With independent damping force adjustment in rebound and compression stages and the wide range of individual setting options that this allows, it was possible to adapt the Modular Damper System from BILSTEIN exactly to the track conditions in Dubai. A BILSTEIN employee looked after the teams trackside.
BILSTEIN congratulates all of the teams.