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Report: A Family Affair for Moutrans at Dunlop 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Jan 07, 2014 - 06:40 AM
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Report: A Family Affair for Moutrans at Dunlop 24 Hours


It is no novelty for the Moutran brothers, but the fact that a trio of siblings will line up for this year's running of the Dunlop 24 Hours on 9-10-11 January 2014 at Dubai Autodrome is a fascinating as well as rare concept in the world of motorsport.

 

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Sami, Ramzi and Nabil Moutran will for the fifth year contest their 'home' race, this time around at the wheel of their Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing Seat. They will be on a 80 car grid packed with top endurance drivers in both professional and amateur categories.

In 2013 they finished a highly credible third, and speaking to the brothers it is apparent that they are targeting victory in their category this time around.

Nabil explained, "This is the fifth consecutive year we are racing in the Dubai 24 Hours, and it's now about performing to the best of our ability. But we are a family team and it's great to share such an amazing experience with the people who you are closest to and care about."

Reigning UAE Clio Cup champion Sami is clearly on the same page as his younger brother, "It always brings me confidence knowing I am going into a race with the people I trust most in the world. Over the years we have learnt to work together in a pressured environment, with mutual respect. We push each other to be better, at everything we do, and that is a great feeling. All the traits we have learnt at the track and working as a team have benefited us as a family off the track also."

"Everyone gets involved, and with the same intensity and passion as the drivers. From my brothers wives, to my sister Natasha managing the team, to my Dad helping to make calls on preparation and strategy," added Ramzi.

Invariably the Moutran trio have tapped into the guidance given by their father - Eddie Moutran - who is involved in just about all the nitty gritty aspects of the team, thus the ethos of team work is taken to another level as the entire crew is considered to be part of the family.

Nabil revealed, "Our Dad is our team owner and attends every single race. He is involved in all major decisions we take as a team. Phil Quaife [British pro driver who will share the driving] is as close to us as any family member could be. Our fuel man has been Sami's best friends since high school and our wives handle all the catering during the whole event. Not to mention the crew that make our car work: Lee, Chris, Carl, Stu and Les. We love them like brothers too!"

For the Moutran's it is quite clear that they are not at the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai to make up the numbers. Yes they have day jobs, but when race week comes they have winning on their minds and when the helmets are on little else matters more than delivering out on track.

"My opinion is that anyone who gets in a race car and does not want to win the race shouldn't be getting into a race car in the first place. However, we have to remember that this is not a sprint race. So, our primary goal is to finish the race. Last year we came third in our class. I would obviously like to match or even improve on that," ventured Nabil.

And if there are any doubts what the Dubai based outfit have in mind come Saturday afternoon, when the chequered flag falls, Sami makes it all quite clear when summing up their goal for the race, "We are due a win. We are quick, of that there is no question, now we have to be quick and consistent for 24 hours. As the world champion Audi LMP1 team says: There is no such thing as bad luck just bad preparation. We are prepared!"

The Moutran's Memac Ogilvy Duel Racing team is one of several with UAE roots who will be racing in the ninth edition of the UAE's premier endurance race.

Information about the 2014 Dunlop 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome on 9-10-11 January 2014:
• On track action starts on Wednesday, 8 January with optional Private Testing which should see most of the ‘big guns’ out to dust off the festive season cobwebs.
• The first of three Free Practice sessions will get underway at 11:30 am on Thursday, 9 January. This is followed by three qualifying sessions, the first of which gets going at 15:00 pm on the same day.
• Friday, 10 January, track action starts at 10:30 am with a half hour warm-up, with the race set to be flagged off at14:00 pm. The chequered flag will wave, to bring proceedings to an end 24 hours later, on Saturday at 14:00 pm. This will be followed by podium ceremonies for all classes.
• Entry for spectators is free throughout the weekend, including qualifying and race days, with access to grandstands and the Paddock Village where a myriad of activities will be on hand to keep fans thoroughly entertained.


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