It’s certainly been a busy week for Lotus Motorsport, what with three driver announcements, participation at the Autosport International show in Birmingham – where the Lotus-Renault GP F1 livery was unveiled – as well as a 24 hour race.

The last forms the basis of this piece – a podium finish in the GT4 category at the Dubai 24 hour race over the weekend. The Lotus Evora GT4 Endurance, piloted by the Mansell brothers, Leo and Greg, Lotus GT factory driver Johnny Mowlem, WTCC driver Stefano D’Aste and Gianni Giudici, finished 3rd in the GT4 class and 22nd overall.

The result was a minor miracle, given that the car began at the back of the grid after logistical delays resulted in the team missing both testing and qualifying. The result could have been better still had the car not been delayed by the substitution of two driveshafts, replaced in record time by the Lotus Motorsport mechanics. This was the only technical issue during automotive marathon that was the Dubai 24 hour race.

“I am happy with the debut of the new endurance version of the Evora. Due to the high variation of temperatures between night and day, the Dubai 24 hour race is one of the most severe endurance races in the desert, and I think that the car has shown fantastic handling and reliability, important characteristics already demonstrated on the road version of the Evora,” said Lotus director of motorsport, Claudio Berro.