The two cars run by Schubert Motorsport, the 2011 winners of the Dubai 24 Hours, had started from fourth and fifth on the grid respectively. While the number 12 BMW Z4 GT3, driven by Dirk Adorf, Dominik Schwager, Dominik Baumann, Abdulaziz AlFaisal and Faisal Binladen was forced to retire early after being hit by another car, the number 24 sister car battled it out at the top of the field for countless laps. However, with just a few hours to go, Claudia Hürtgen, Jörg Müller, Dirk Müller, Abdulaziz AlFaisal and Faisal Binladen also had to retire while running in second.
“The team did an amazing job – and I really felt at home from the word go,” commented Dirk Müller, who contested his maiden Dubai 24-hour race. “We were running really well and were even leading. But then lady luck left us, it just shouldn’t have been.”
Nevertheless, other BMW drivers had every reason to be happy with the outcome of the first highlight of the 2013 season. A total of four class wins were achieved by BMW teams. The best-placed BMW in the overall classification was JR Motorsport’s #63 BMW M3 GTR, finishing 18th.