Ginetta today proved their endurance credentials once again, finishing first and second in one of the toughest races anywhere in the world, the Dubai 24 Hour.
All but one hour of the epic endurance saw a Ginetta leading the SP3 class, with Optimum Motorsport running at the front for over two thirds of the race before they took the flag to take a secure class win and finish an incredible 20thoverall in a 95 car grid.
Shaun Goff, Team Principal at Optimum Motorsport added; “We’re over the moon, and if I am honest a little surprised! There’s no doubt we had the pace, but with three of our drivers lacking 24 hour experience, there was a possibility we may struggle to deliver the win, but we all succeeded and claimed our second win as a team.
“The car itself was pretty much faultless meaning we didn’t have to make any unexpected trips to the garage for repairs or fixes, allowing us to really focus on our driver changes and refuelling during the stops, that type of reliability is what wins 24 hour races. Bringing the G55 to its first 24 hour race and winning is a significant result for us and Ginetta, it is one thing for a G55 to win a sprint race, but to run so faultlessly in the desert conditions is testament to both the car and our team.”
Ginetta GT4 duo Ade Barwick and Bradley Ellis were once again on top form alongside new teammates Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc, with the result marking the second class win at Dubai for the Optimum Motorsport team, who also lifted the title in 2012.
Bradley Ellis, former British GT Champion said;“Wow, what an achievement to win the Dubai 24! This is the perfect way to kick start myself and Ade’s 2015 campaign and I hope we can take this result on into the British GT Championship. It was a tough race but the car had no major problems and we just kept to our plan and continued to increase our lead throughout the race.”
This fantastic result was further bolstered by another Ginetta GT4 car, the Speedworks Motorsport line-up of Tony Hughes, Ross Warburton, Ollie Jackson and Tom Oliphant in hot pursuit, finishing second in the class and making it a 1-2 for Ginetta as the endurance battle came to a close.The domination of the class by the Ginetta highlights the racing credentials the Yorkshire marque are swiftly becoming known for on the world stage - value for money, reliability and results. For more information on how you can start your racing journey, call us on 0113 385 3850.