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Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival zooms in on F1 and Group C

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Alain Prost, Mark Webber, André Lotterer, Thierry Boutsen,… and that’s just a selection of names that were present. The Gulf Historic Dubai GP is turning into a very festive grand finale for the historic racing season.

This year saw only the second running of the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival, but the Emirates track is quickly becoming the big event to close off the classic season. Gulf Historic Dubai GP saw F1s from the seventies and the nineties, and Group C sports cars from the eighties/nineties together with the more recent prototypes from the 90s and early 2000s. Organiser GPX Events thus managed to bring together around one hundred cars for three days of racing (November 25 – 27).

Photo Antoine Truchet/GPX Events


The car field was impressive. Marco Werner – three Le Mans wins – was dominant in the Gebhardt C88 in the Group C category. Even with the handicap of a smaller C2 car, Werner took the win in both races against much more powerful competition: Max Girardo and Andy Sousek in the Nissan GTP and Stuart Hall and Roald Goethe in a Porsche 962. Of course, even combined, they don’t have the sporting C.V. Werner has.

Sofie Flörsch. Photo Antoine Truchet/GPX Events

Flörsch’ F1 debut

André Lotterer, another triple Le Mans winner, was also victorious. The former Audi and Porsche works driver won a race in the 90s and 2000s sports car category in the Porsche RS Spyder, whilst Emannuel Collard won the other in the Pescarolo LMP1 01. Sophia Flörsch, who drove in the ELMS in LMP2 this year, made her debut in a Formula 1 car. The 21-year-old drove a 1992 Brabham BT60B Judd, as driven by Giovanna Amati thirty years before her.

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Photo Sid Pandey/GPX Events

Boutsen and Johansson

Gulf Historic Dubai GP was the moment to get back behind the wheel for many former star drivers. Thierry Boutsen, for instance, drove an Arrows A3, whereas Stefan Johansson could be found in the cockpit of a Toyota 86C.

Mike Cantillon won the 70s-80s F1 race on Saturday in his Tyrrell 010, whereas Oliver Webb took victory in the Sunday race in the Hesketh 308B. The nineties F1s only drove demo laps, they did not race… yet.

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