Matteo Cairoli has secured the first row for the 24 Hours of Dubai as the 2021 season kicks-off this weekend in UAE. Sharing a Dinamic Motorsport's Porsche 911 GT3 R with Mauro Calamia, Stefano Monaco and Roberto Pampanini, the Italian racing driver set the second quickest time over a 50-car grid in this afternoon's qualifying by lapping in 1m56.693s - 140 milliseconds slower than the Herberth Motorsport's sister machine.
Following a heavy contact that involved Monaco in the morning free practice, the team produced a great effort to repair the car. It didn't prevent Matteo to hit the track for the crucial session, setting the best overall time and loosing the pole position in the last minutes after he handed over to his team-mates.
"The car was still not perfect, but good. I'm quite satisfied", Cairoli said. "We'll try to not make mistakes. It will be a hard race, fighting with many Pro crews."
The last time Cairoli entered the 24 Hours of Dubai it was in 2017, when he finished second in a Manthey Racing's Porsche. The green flag is set to drop tomorrow, 15th January, at 15:00 local time to finish on Saturday. Live streaming will be available on official 24H Series website and YouTube channel.