Ginetta today proved their endurance credentials once again, taking first and second positions in the SP3 class in one of the toughest races anywhere in the world, the Dubai 24 Hour.
Century Motorsport took to the victory with an all-Ginetta customer line-up. A result which is even more impressive given it was their 24 Hour endurance race debut. Team Boss Nathan Freke shared the wheel with current Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup champion Tom Oliphant, and British GT competitors Aleksander Schjerpen and Anna Walewska.
Nathan Freke, Team Principal and driver at Century Motorsport; “Delighted with taking the win in our first 24 Hour attempt. The car just ran faultlessly for the race and during the evening we had to really drive it hard to make time up, so it didn't have an easy life! I'm so proud of everyone involved in this. It's been a dream come true. Tom, Aleksander and Anna did an amazing job. I just couldn't have hoped for any more.”
Tom Oliphant, driver at Century Motorsport; “It's been a roller coaster of a race, really tough on everyone. We had our fair share of problems but pulled through well. Words can't describe the ups and downs but we pulled through and won the 2016 Dubai 24H!”
Aleksander Schjerpenm driver; “What an amazing race! It's been absolutely awesome. The team has done a great job, winning this thing is real team-work, and we can finally show how strong we are. I am very proud to be a part of Century Motorsport and their 24H debut.”
Anna Walewska; driver; “I am absolutely thrilled, the team and car did an excellent job. The car was faultless other than one minor fuelling issue. I drove with a quality line up and my thanks to all the drivers for doing such a superb job. My first Dubai 24H and we won. A great start to the year with Century Motorsport. My thanks to The University of Bolton, the students that were with us all weekend and Westons.”
The fantastic result was further bolstered by another Ginetta GT4 car which took the flag just four laps behind the class leaders. Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup AM Class champion of 2016, Colin White, powered his CWS team to a class second position. He was joined on driving duties by a host of Ginetta alumni, including BTCC racer Hunter Abbott, Steve Fresle and Matt Nicoll-Jones.
It’s not the first time Ginetta have enjoyed such a strong result either. In 2015, it was a similar story, with the Ginetta G55 GT4 car taking a 1-2 finish in class, this time with Optimum Motorsport just pipping Speedworks Motorsport to the win.
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.
Image supplied by Peter May / Century Motorsport.