24h Series

12h Kuwait: Victory and “Champions of the Continents” for the second time in the GTX class

6. December 2022

In the last race of the 2022 season, Leipert Motorsport achieved another great success. The MOTUL-supported team from Wegberg won the GTX class at the 12-hour race in Kuwait and thus secured the title of “Champions of the Continents” in the class. However, the event in Kuwait Motor Town had started anything but positively for the pilots Kerong Li (CHN), Jean-Francois Brunot (USA) and Gregg Gorski (USA). The team’s container was not delivered to Kuwait by the logistics company until Thursday night, so they missed all the practice runs and qualifying.

Breathlessness before the first 12h race Kuwait of the 24h Series

The Leipert Motorsport team was already in Kuwait Motor Town on Tuesday morning to unload and prepare the container with the Lamborghini and equipment, but the logistics partner of the organiser Creventic delivered the container with a 72-hour delay on Thursday at 11.30 pm local time, a good twelve hours before the start of the race. The team had to work a night shift to have the Lamborghini ready to race in the pits early Friday morning. The crew from Wegberg as well as another team, whose container had also arrived with a significant delay, were given two hours of driving time to carry out necessary function tests and to give the drivers the opportunity to get to know the new track. The race started 2 hours later – at 12.00 noon on Friday.

A race without problems – class victory brought the expected championship title

As the Leipert crew was unable to take part in qualifying due to the missing car, the Lamborghini had to start from the back of the GT field. Li/Brunot/Gorski did not let this put them off and were already in the top 10 after two hours. The team from Wegberg took the lead in the GTX class in the seventh hour and held this position until the chequered flag was crossed after 12 hours. The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo ran smoothly again and the drivers also put in a phenomenal performance, despite missing numerous practice laps. At the finish line, the delight about the victory in the class was enormous, because despite the adverse conditions, the set goal – winning the title “Champions of the Continents” in the GTX class – was achieved for the second time. In addition, Leipert Motorsport took the runner-up title in the overall classification.

Managing Directors Marcel Leipert & Marc Poos:

“The lack of our container was a very unfortunate situation – similar to the 24h Sebring in 2021. We were sitting in Kuwait and were initially forced to do nothing. When the material finally arrived, the night was used for the necessary preparation. The fact that we took the win under these conditions was a conciliatory ending. Our crew showed a strong performance and prepared the Lamborghini optimally in an extremely short time. We are very happy about the title and are now focusing on the new season, which starts for us in January.

The winter break for Leipert Motorsport will be short. The 24-hour race in Dubai (13-15 January 2023) will take place on the second weekend of January 2023. There, the Wegberg team will again compete with the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo in the GTX class. The vehicle and equipment will be transported directly from Kuwait to Dubai.