Next stop for Speedworks is Dunlop 24H Dubai


SPEEDWORKS Motorsport can today announce it has signed up for the ninth annual Dunlop 24H Dubai race early next year.

Team principal Christian Dick and Tony Hughes, whose family firm is one of the Cheshire outfit’s principal backers, will pilot a Ginetta G50 at one of the most prestigious venues on the endurance racing calendar.

“It’s a racing first for us, but an exciting one with it,” said Dick.

“We’ve been building up to this for a little while, waiting for the right opportunity to present itself.

“This fits perfectly as it’s during a quieter part of the year when we don’t have other commitments.

“We’re both mega keen to get out there and be part of it, and hopefully do well while we are.”

They will be behind the wheel of an upgraded G50 driven by Hughes for three seasons in the Ginetta G50 Cup before he switched to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with Speedworks back in 2011.

He stood down from driving duty last year, instead supporting Dave Newsham through his Hughes Safety Showers company.

Dick said: “Tony has been chomping at the bit to get out and race again after watching from the pit wall this year.

“He’s keen to get stuck in, and the car looks fantastic.

“The challenge with endurance racing is to reach the finish, and it’s a great feeling when you do. That will be our aim out in Dubai.”

Speedworks’ link to the Leeds-based sports car manufacturer is not a new one, for it was picked by Ginetta to prepare a Toyota Avensis in last year’s British Touring Car Championship for then Ginetta GT Supercup champion Adam Morgan.

As a driver Dick finished third in the standings in the inaugural Ginetta G50 Cup in 2008, securing for Speedworks the team title.

He then joined forces with Jamie Stanley in a G50 to win overall G4 class honours in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship two years later.

Hughes racked up more than 50 starts in the G50 Cup, finishing as runner-up in the Chairman’s Cup at the end of his final campaign three years ago.

The car has not turned a wheel since.

It has international pedigree though, with outings in the USA – at the Daytona and Sebring Endurance Challenges – and Belgium on the CV.

Speedworks took delivery of the updated machine, fitted with a new 3.7-litre engine, last week.

Dick said: “We’ll plan a shakedown and hopefully a couple of tests to make sure we’re happy with everything.

“We know the Ginetta inside out, and it’s a marque we’ve enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with.

“That makes it the ideal choice this time around.”

The duo plans to add two drivers to the line-up in the coming weeks.

The Dunlop 24H Dubai race, at the Dubai Autodrome, is scheduled for January 9-11.

Words: Andy Simpson.