2016 Dubai 24 Hour Class SP3 winners Century Motorsport will field one of their strongest line-ups to date for the 2017 race, combining the qualities of youth and experience which they hope will be key to retaining their class SP3 title.
First to join the team is experienced Ginetta driver Ben Green. Racing in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup in 2016, Green made his endurance racing debut with Century in Estoril for the team’s Prototype debut and impressed the team from the outset. Highlighting endurance racing as something he wishes to pursue in the future, Ben’s experience behind the wheel of a Ginetta G55 will be crucial over the course of this grueling race.
Fresh from announcing his continued commitment to the British Touring Car Championship for 2017, Scottish driver Aiden Moffat will make his endurance racing debut in Dubai. With a new ambition to try other areas within the sport in the New Year, Moffat has continued to improve in Britain’s ultra competitive tin-top series since becoming the youngest driver in the championship in 2013. Moffat will be hoping to utilise the experience of his knowledgeable teammates to hit the ground running at the Dubai Autodrome.
Having made his Ginetta GT4 Supercup and Century Motorsport debut at the penultimate round of the championship in Silverstone earlier this year, British GT4 race winner Jack Mitchell will take on his longest race distance to date when he starts the 2017 Dubai 24 Hours. Mitchell impressed during his pair of GT4 Supercup outings and combined with his British GT experience he is going to be a valuable asset to the Century line-up.
Knowing what it takes to win this race from both sides of the pitwall, Nathan Freke returns to Dubai hoping he can lead his team to a repeat victory in the successful #229 Ginetta G55 in 2017. Following a successful 2016 season racing in British GT4 against his new teammate Mitchell amongst others, Freke is sure to benefit from a year of active competition and is intent on returning to the podium on Saturday afternoon.
Ben Green – #229 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55:
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the Dubai 24 Hours with Century. The team have run well there in the past and we are looking for a good result. We’ve got M25 Business Centre, Justot, Duncan Phillips and JELF on board to support us for the event. Many thanks to them for getting involved as we wouldn’t be racing without their help! I’m looking forward to working with Century again after my successful International racing debut in the Ginetta G57-P2 at Estoril.”
Aiden Moffat – #229 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55:
“I’m really looking forward to the 24 hour race – it will be a new experience for me. Although we are staying in the BTCC, I intend to explore one or two different options over the coming months. The rear wheel drive Ginetta is certainly different and with the endurance race it gives me a great opportunity to hone my skills and racecraft, and develop for the future.”
Nathan Freke – #229 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55:
“Without a doubt I am going back to Dubai hoping to repeat our victory this year. We’ve got a brilliant line-up of some of the countries best young talent who are sure to keep me on my toes and hopefully together we can pull off another top result. The car looks great and is a credit to the team’s hard work to get it looking so good before it went into the container in November.”
Clive Freke, Team Principal, Century Motorsport:
“2016 was the dream debut for our team taking the class victory with a really strong line up. However once again we have managed to assemble some really good drivers and our guys at the factory have done a superb job getting the car ready for the event. Last year our pre-event preparation was key and this year we’ve made sure that no stone has been left unturned to try and pull off a repeat performance at this challenging event.”