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Watch Out Dubai 24H, We’re Coming Back

5th December 2017 • Ruth Harrison

As far as starting ‘New Year as you mean to go on’ goes, entering a Ginetta G55 GT4 into the Dubai 24 Hours gives you a pretty strong chance of 2018 including plenty of champagne and silverware. Our buddies at Optimum Motorsport know that, so they’ve signed up to return to the desert duel from 12-14 January.

Ginetta has secured back-to-back GT4 SP3 victories for the last four years, so it’s safe to say, the pressure is on for the defending champions. Optimum Motorsport have won the twice round the clock encounter three times, in 2012, 2015 and 2017 so they’re looking to pick up the prize once again.

The class-winning #232 Ginetta G55 returns with an all-British driver line-up with Ade Barwick and Will Moore back to defend their title. Barwick competed with Optimum motorsport throughout the year in the 24H Series, notching up three podiums and a win from his five starts as well as securing the Dubai win last year with Moore.

The duo is joined by Charlie Hollings and Marc Brough. The former last competed in Dubai in 2015 where he finished seventh in the GT3 class with a BMW Z4 and recently turned his hand to driver coaching. Brough meanwhile is in his first season of racing having competed in the 488 Challenge and sees the opportunity of racing with an Optimum as a stepping stone on his aspiration of competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“We’re really looking forward to being back in Dubai,” began team principal Shaun Goff. “We’re chasing our fourth win six years, so we have reason to be optimistic heading into the Christmas break. We’ll never underestimate how tough this event is though. Anything can happen over such a long period of racing, but we hope to come away with some silverware. The guys have a great deal of experience here in general, so we’ll be pushing hard and we hope to start the season off in the best possible way.”

The action gets underway with testing from Monday 8 January with the 24-hour race commencing at 15:00 local time, 11:00 GMT. For more information on Optimum Motorsport and its racing activities, please visit the official website, ‘like’ the team’s official Facebook page or follow @OptimumMSport on Twitter.