QUAIFE DELIGHTED WITH DUBAI 24 HOUR PODIUM
Phil Quaife's impressive pre-season form continued at last weekend's Dubai 24 Hours where the Englishman claimed third in the A3T class and 19th overall at the wheel of his MSW Racing Seat Leon Super Copa.
The 24-year-old, making his fifth consecutive appearance at the twice-round-the-clock enduro after a season spent competing in the Le Mans Series, enjoyed an almost trouble-free race alongside co-drivers Jon Simmonds, Andre Ramdhanny and Raed Hassan despite this being one of the most congested 24 hour races on the international calendar.
A minor knock involving one of his team-mates at around 10pm on Saturday night would necessitate the car's only delay of the entire race when six laps were lost in the pits for repairs to the Seat's right-rear.
That aside, the team and car performed faultlessly throughout the 24 hours in what was Phil's first appearance behind the wheel of a front wheel-drive machine for over three years. Even so, he would still claim the race's fastest lap for a Seat Leon Super Copa.
Phil Quaife: "It's always a great achievement to finish on the podium of a 24 hour race so I'm really happy with the result. The Seat's a bit different to what I've been racing recently but I was soon back in the groove. It was great fun to drive, especially in the corners where the entry speed is tremendous thanks to its aero.
"By the end of qualifying we'd found a really good set-up which made a big difference in the race. But of course, pace is only one part of the equation in endurance racing. You need the car to be reliable and to that end MSW Racing deserve a lot of credit. The Seat was so well prepared and ran faultlessly, so a big thank you to the team. I can't wait to do it all over again next season."
The result was just the latest in a string of fine performances for the Kent-based driver who currently leads the UAE GT Championship following a victory and second place in rounds three and four.
Quaife will resume his quest for the UAE GT title alongside Simmonds in Abu Dhabi on February 11/12.
-source: phil quaife