Multiple British Touring Car Championship winners Triple Eight Race Engineering are close to confirming that they will be entering two of their Super 2000 turbo-powered Vauxhall Vectras into January's Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai.

The team's regular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driver James Nash drove in the race for the first time this year for the WRC Developments team, qualifying their Honda Intergra on class pole position, before recording the fastest lap of the race.

25-year-old Nash, who is likely to fill one of Triple Eight's seats, said: “I really enjoyed my debut in the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai earlier this year. Unfortunately, the team I drove for didn't have the best of luck with the car, but when it ran free of problems we had the quickest car in our class out there.

“This time around we'll be stepping up a gear. The car has been built to a more recent set of regulations and also runs the latest turbo engine. I've got every confidence that we'll have a reliable car too and hopefully with that element of luck that you always need in there type of races, we should be there or thereabouts at race end.

“It's a great way to blow away the cobwebs of a British winter and get some warm sunshine on your back. Driving in Dubai set me up nicely for the BTCC this season and I don't think it was co-incidence that when the British series started we were ready and able to hit the ground running.”

The team are looking to hear from drivers interested in racing the team, with preliminarly talks ongoing with a number of parties, though nothing is yet finalised. Interested parties should contact Ian Harrison or Les Jones at Triple Eight as soon as possible.