Bredbury based Hughes/Speedworks Motorsport performed a Dubai double, leaving the UAE for a second consecutive year with silverware, this time following up their 2014 class victory by finishing second in the 10th anniversary running of the Hankook 24H Dubai - only to be joined alongside them by the Speedworks 'sister' car on the third step of the SP3 class.
Racing the Ginetta G50 that took the team to Class victory in 2014, Hughes Safety Showers boss Tony Hughes and Warburtons Bakery Executive Director, Ross Warburton, were joined by British Touring Car Championship driver Ollie Jackson and Ginetta Supercup & British GT racer Tom Oliphant in the huge 95-car entry.
Steady progress was made through Practice with the Hughes car setting competitive times in both sessions as the quartet made themselves familiar with the Emerati venue. Qualifying, however, threw the first 'spanner in the works' as Oliphant was on course to set what was sure to be Pole Position in SP3, however, technical issues left them a competitive 3rd.
Under beautiful blue skies the race started its 10th Anniversary in an almost carnival like atmosphere. Tom took the wheel for the opening stint and claimed second spot as he handed over to Hughes to continue. Most of the next twenty hours ran pretty much according to plan, with the foursome swapping the driving seat in turn, through the night and into the next day.
Ollie Jackson took the reins for the final stint, but an issue during the pit stops saw the team lose valuable time to the class leading Ginetta G55 of Optimum Motorsport. Jackson made one further pit stop before crossing the line 2nd in SP3, and a brilliant 22nd overall [of 95 cars] to the delight of the Hughes/Speedworks team.
"It's a fantastic feeling that I don't think I can put into words", beamed team boss Christian Dick, "coming here last year and winning was fantastic, but having put so much effort into bringing two cars out here, with double the drivers, double the staff, it's a very proud moment to have both cars on the podium".
"Winning last year put pressure on ourselves a little" explained Hughes, "though the aim was to finish as highly placed as possible. With that in mind, a second podium in two years is absolutely fantastic, and I'm incredibly pleased for the team to have the Aston up there with us. Speedworks have done a fantastic job, and I'd like to publicly thank them for their efforts!"