Anna Walewska was part of a Century Motorsport team of four who took turns behind the wheel of the Ginetta 55 GT4 to triumph in its SP3 class at The Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai in the Middle East.
There were 100 entries across the entire race, a gruelling 533 laps, and other team’s machines burst into flames in scorching conditions.
Third year students Daniel Rathmill and Lee Cutting were part of the pit crew – changing tyres and monitoring performance – as part of their studies at the university’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering.
Anna’s victory came just a day after she branded Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone “old-fashioned and sexist” for saying female drivers would not not be taken seriously in the sport.
Images of the race and of the University of Bolton team claiming the chequered flag were beamed live to the University’s stand at the world’s biggest motorsport show, Autosport International, held at Birmingham’s NEC. The University annually showcases the latest developments from CAPE at the premier four-day industry event.
Pictured above, Anna Walewska, Nathan Freke, Tom Oliphant and Aleksander Schjerpen in their #229 University of Bolton, Mulgari Automotive, Vålerbanen, Garage15, NAF Motorsport Vålerbanen, and Bandera supported Ginetta G55 GT4, set the tone during the week, topping the timesheets in two of the four free practice sessions before qualifying their car late on Thursday evening in second place for the race on Friday.
Said Anna: ‘I am absolutely thrilled, the team and car did an excellent job. The car was faultless other than one minor fuelling issue. I drove with a quality line up and my thanks to all the drivers for doing such a superb job. My first Dubai 24H and we won. A great start to the year with Century Motorsport. My thanks to The University of Bolton, the students who were with us all weekend and Westons.’
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