Kevin alongside his father Jan Magnussen. Abu Dhabi, December 2022.

Kevin Magnussen and his father Jan finish in the top 10 of the Gulf 12 Hours

Kevin Magnussen and his father Jan joined forces to claim a 7th place finish at the 12 Hours of the Gulf in Abu Dhabi.

The Haas driver partnered his father Jan alongside American Mark Kvamme in a Ferrari 488 GT3 run by MDK Motorsports at Yas Marina Circuit, the same circuit Kevin raced at for the F1 Final just a short time ago. 21 days.

The trio finished seventh behind Garage 59 of Benjamin Goethe, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Alexander West while James Calado, Antonio Fuoco and Alessandro Pier Guidi of AF Corse – Francorchamps Motors won the race.

The Magnussen team completed 332 laps and finished P5 in the GT3 P class.

With one hour and nine minutes remaining, Jan stopped at P7 to allow his son Kevin to get back in the car to run the final stint of the race.

Magnussen Jnr however could not improve on his father’s place as the father-son duo finished 7th at the end of the 12 hours.

It was not an uneventful race, with the team picking up a 10-second penalty for colliding with AF Corse’s Alessandro Cozzi, Tani Hanna, Gabriele Lancieri and Giorgio Sernagiotto.

There was also an earlier incident with the Tresor by Attempto team but the Magnussens avoided a penalty.

They did, however, receive a five-second penalty for multiple track limit violations.

It is not the first time that the Magnussens have raced together after competing in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans where they finished 29th overall and 17th in the LMP2 category with an Oreca 07-Gibson.

Speaking ahead of the race, Kevin, who is 19 years younger than his father Jan, said he was looking forward to the event because racing with his father was “such a special thing”.

“We are going to do a few laps with the car before going to Abu Dhabi with it. But, of course, it’s something that I’m really passionate about,” Magnussen said.

“Racing with my dad is always something I really enjoy. It’s so special that we’re both active racing drivers at the same time. He’s not that old so I feel like I have to grab it. the opportunity, as much as I can, while he is still fit and fast.

“It’s the first time we’re going to drive a GT together and I think he’s going to be quite difficult to beat in this one, but we’ll see!”

The Magnussens are a racing family with Jan and Kevin having competed in Formula 1. The former started his F1 career in 1995 but would become a full-time driver in 1997.

It was a tough season for Jan, with the Dane dropping out in 11 out of 17 races.

Kevin meanwhile started his F1 career in 2014 with McLaren where he achieved a P2 finish which remains the best result of his career. With the 12-hour race over, Kevin will now return to his winter break before preparing for the 2023 F1 season with Haas.

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