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Lamborghini factory driver Mirko Bortolotti set a new qualifying record lap time of 1m56.716s around the 5.390 kilometres long Dubai Autodrome.
The first 14 hours of the inaugural Championship of the Continents are held from 09.00 till 23.00 hrs on Saturday
The focus on the 24H Portimão is the battle for the titles in the 2017 24H Series
Tomorrow, the race will be resumed, during overnight, cars will be kept under parc fermé conditions
A total of 42 cars and drivers and teams from 24 different nationalities are expected for the race at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari at the 12h Imola.
Herberth Motorsport won the 24 hour encounter at the French Riviera for the second consecutive time
Two further AMG Customer Sport Teams finish in the top ten in the Dubai Autodrome in the desert and also score a class win with the #1 Hofor Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
After 646 laps, Jiri Pisarik took the chequered flag to seal the Czech team's second consecutive victory on home soil.
Three different manufacturers were present on this year's podium.
Tom Onslow-Cole lapped the 4.320 kilometres circuit in the Dutch dunes in 1:39.580 minutes and will start the 12H Zandvoort from Pole Position.
Teams wanting to be part of the action in the endurance race for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials at the famous circuit in the Dutch dunes are advised to act quickly.
Luc Braams, Max Braams, Nicky Pastorelli and Miguel Ramos drove a near flawless race and took home their first overall win in the 24H Series.
No less than 66 teams will be taking part in the race at the circuit in the beautiful hills of Tuscany.
Malucelli’s fastest lap time of 2:00.918 minutes gave him an advantage of 0.397 seconds on German Thomas Jäger
Two Mercedes SLS AMGs are running second and third.
Second on the grid, 0.118 seconds behind the pole car, went to another Dutch driver in a Mercedes, Christiaan Frankenhout in the #10 Hofor Racing entry.
Interest for the race is quite impressive, with 58 cars set to compete and a truly international field with teams and drivers from 34 different countries.