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Motorsport: Jamie Stanley prepares for Dubai endurance test

A PROBLEM-riddled 24-hour racing debut in Barcelona has not dampened Broughton driver Jamie Stanley’s appetite for the endurance discipline as he prepares to kick off 2013 by entering the Dunlop 24-hours of Dubai race.

The LeMans-style race meeting takes place between January 10-12 and will see Stanley operate as part of a four-man team to pilot a Lotus Elise around the track.

Stanley and his teammates will represent the Lotus on Track Racing Drivers’ Club and he will be joined by Glenn Sherwood, his team principle last season when Stanley won the 2012 Lotus Exige Cup for GWS Motorsport.

It is not Stanley’s first foray into endurance racing, however. He joined a team to run the Lotus in the 24 Hours of Barcelona in September.

On top of the intense Spanish heat, oil hose issues, a broken wheel stud and gearbox problems meant they struggled to complete 100 laps as the sun rose over the Circuit de Catalunya.

But the 28-year-old is keen to get out to Dubai and have another go.

“It’ll be great to escape this cold winter weather and head to a much sunnier location for the start of our 2013 season,” he said.

“My first experience of 24-hour racing in Barcelona had a few setbacks, but we’ll take what we learned in Spain and use it to hopefully power us to a smoother performance.

“I just can’t wait to get my overalls back on and go racing again.”

Teammate Sherwood is hopeful that the feelgood factor of winning the Lotus Cup will give them a little momentum too.

He said: “We’re still riding high so hopefully we’ll carry some of that wining spirit to Dubai. I’ll be taking on board all of Jamie’s knowledge to help the team perform at their best.”