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 in January.

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 respectable finish”.
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 steps again”.

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 Mini.