Dubai 24h race abandoned due to serious track flooding
The Dubai 24h has been abandoned with over half race time remaining after serious rainfall flooded almost the entire circuit and pitlane.
Rain was forecast to affect the race, but the intensity of the weather system was unclear until around six hours into the the action.
Storm conditions swiftly rolled in and the deluge begun, leading to several of the corners being completely flooded whilst racing was still taking place.
Race organisers had no choice but to put out the red flag with over 16 hours remaining, and bring racing to a stop before a serious accident.
The Dubai Autodrome lacks any kind of drainage infrastructure seen at circuits where rain often lends a hand to the racing action.
Not only was the circuit slowly filling with water as the grid waited for instruction, but the water level in the pitlane, which sits at a lower level to the start/finish straight, started rising.
Creventic released the following statement early in the morning UK time:
"At 22:17 (Local time), extremely heavy rainfall in Dubai led to a red flag being shown to the competitors of the HANKOOK 24H DUBAI 2020.
The weather conditions have heavily impacted the entire city and the infrastructures of Dubai Autodrome.
Despite the best effort of Dubai Autodrome staff and officials to resolve the situation on track, the water level on track and in the pit lane continued to rise throughout the night.
In mutual agreement, Creventic and Dubai Autodrome have decided not to resume the race on grounds of safety."
Incredible scenes, but an unfortunate early end to the first 24h race of 2020. Most importantly no one was hurt, and that is largely down to the driving skill on show and the rapid decision making by race control.
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