JAC WINS DUBAI 24HOUR 2018
Monday 15th January 2018
After his Amateur Championship win in the 2017 Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, Jac Constable was invited to race with the British based CWS Engineering Team in the 24 Hour Dubai 2018.
Jac was part of a 4 man line up alongside Team Owner Colin White and two South African drivers Simon Murray and Bradley Liebenberg. (Jac & Team owner Colin had enjoyed a season of close racing in the 2017 GT4 SuperCup when Colin finished runner up to Jac in the Championship).
The CWS Team were supported by Simpson Motorsport throughout the week's proceedings and the two groups of support staff worked seamlessly throughout the week.
Qualifying was battled out on 11th January with the race taking place over 12th and 13th January. Jac's CWS Engineering Ginetta G55, #178 qualified well and was second on the 24H TCE grid with Century Motorsport’s Ginetta G55 taking pole.
The race commentators described the race events as tumultuous, with many of the top teams challenged with mechanical gremlins, accident damage and even a car fire which sadly eliminated the British based Optimum Race Team entry.
After a gruelling race the SP3 Class victory went to the CWS Engineering Team where the drivers and support team would overcome their own challenges with gearbox problems to take the class win.
The French based Lamera Cup Team, #238 of Nicolas Beraud / Fabien Delaplace / Laurent Piguet / Stephane Pasquet would finish in 2nd place with the second CWS Ginetta G55, #278 of Adam Hayes / Steven Wells / James May / Paul May finishing 3rd in class. (24H TCE polesitters Century Motorsport #229, Nathan Freke / Jon Barnes / Mark Farmer / Dominic Paul would drop to 4th in class after early mechanical issues).
Jac commented, “This was great experience for me and I really enjoyed my first 24 Hour Race. I feel priveledged to have been part of the CWS Engineering Team where everyone worked fantastically well together throughout the week’s build up and race weekend. The win was the icing on the cake for us all and the speed of the gearbox change undertaken by the boys helped us to go on and take the class win”.