Speedworks to do the Italian Job!
Dubai 24hr class winners, Speedworks Motorsport, backed by Hughes Safety
Showers have announced they are to compete in the next round of the
series at Mugello in Italy on the 14-15 March.
There are already more than fifty cars entered for the second of five
races in the series for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials, in what will
be the circuit’s inaugural running of the event.
The team have named an unchanged driver line-up of Hughes Safety Showers
boss and ex-BTCC racer Tony Hughes, Speedworks Principal and ex-British
GT ace Christian Dick, Warburtons Bakery Director Ross Warburton, and
Caterham racer Will Scully to again race the Ginetta G50 that they took
to SP3 (GT4) honours so emotionally in the previous Dubai 24Hr race back
Mugello, set in the beautiful region of Tuscany, is better known for
hosting the Italian round of the MotoGP championship, and will provide
new challenges for the Speedworks quartet, presenting much more In the
way of undulation and some challenging corners for the car and drivers
to contend with during the 12hr spectacle. “We’re still on a high after
the Dubai result” commented Tony, “but again we’ll go to Italy with no
real expectations other than to enjoy ourselves and come back with a
There will be some stiff opposition this time around as fellow Ginetta
racers Nova Race will field no less than three G50’s at their ‘home’
event of the series. “They’ll be tough opposition” continued Tony, “it’s
going to be difficult to go up against them on their own turf, at a
circuit they’ll know well. But we’ll go there with the same philosophy
that we took to Dubai, do our best and see what happens”.
Speedworks boss Christian is looking forward to more time behind the
wheel too; “We’re still underdogs as far as I’m concerned, but we won’t
be able to keep that title for long. The guys all did a great job last
time out, though we get much less practice ahead of the Mugello round so
there’s less track time for everyone”.
“We’ll prep the car as well as we can” Christian added positively, “as
reliability will, as always, play a part. If we put in a solid showing
then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be sniffing around those podium
Elsewhere, the winning teams from the most recent editions of the Dunlop
24H Dubai and the 24H Barcelona have also entered the Dunlop 12H
Italy-Mugello. Other interesting entries include Dutch team, V8 Racing,
fastest qualifiers at Dubai with their Chevrolet Corvette, and eight
different teams in the Porsche Cup category. Of course, Italian sports
cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 are on the
entry list, too. As usual, the touring car categories provide plenty of
variety with teams running BMW, SEAT, Volkswagen, Renault, Mazda and