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ELMS - 21/01/2020 - Jeff CARTER
The twenty four hour race at Daytona in Florida is one of the classic events on the endurance calendar, second only to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The race will feature 26 current or former ELMS drivers, including both reigning and past champions and race winners, amongst the 38-car entry for the race that starts on Saturday 25 January and concludes on Sunday 26th.
Reigning ELMS LMGTE Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi will race the GT Le Mans Class no62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE alongside his AF Corse FIA WEC teammates James Calado and Davide Rigon and 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro race winner Daniel Serra.
2018 ELMS LMP3 Champion John Farano will be on the LMP2 grid in the no8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks Oreca 07-Gibson alongside ELMS race winners Nicolas Lapierre and David Heinemeier Hansson, with former FIA WEC racer Ryan Dalziel makes up the four driver squad.
2016 ELMS LMP2 champion, and 2019 driver with Carlin, Harry Tincknell will race at Daytona with Mazda Team Joest in the DPi class no55 Mazda RT24-P alongside American drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
ELMS race winner Olivier Pla will also be driving for Mazda Team Joest, the Frenchman driving the no77 Mazda alongside Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez.
United Autosports Filipe Albuquerque will be racing in the DPi class with Whelen Engineering Racing in the no31 Cadillac. The Portuguese ELMS race winner will be joining ELMS and WEC race winners Mike Conway and Felipe Nasr, with former WEC racer Pipo Derani completing the line up.
Former FIA World Endurance Champion Loïc Duval will be competing in the DPi class no5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac, the French driver having competed with TDS racing in the 2018 ELMS.
The only ELMS team taking part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the 2019 4 Hours of Le Castellet race winners DragonSpeed with ELMS regulars Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman being joined by former ELMS racer Harrison Newey and American driver Colin Braun.
2015 ELMS LMGTE Vice Champion Jesse Krohn is racing in the GTLM class in Florida in the BMW Team RLL BMW M8.
2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion and former ELMS race winner Nick Tandy is also on the GTLM grid racing for the Porsche GT Team in the n911 Porsche 911 RSR-19 alongside Fred Makowiecki and Matt Campbell.
2018 4 Hours of Portimão LMGTE race winner Dennis Olsen will be on the GT Daytona grid, the Danish driver racing the no9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R.
2017 ELMS LMGTE Vice Champion Nicki Thiim is competing in the no23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3, while 2017 race winner, and current Michelin Le Mans Cup racer with Beechdean AMR, Ross Gunn takes to the track in the no98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 alongside Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy.
2019 ELMS podium finisher Rahel Frey and 2016 ELMS racer Christina Nielsen join Katherine Legge and Tatiana Calderon in an all-female driver line up in the no19 Gear Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.
How will the ELMS drivers and teams do at the first big endurance race of the season? We will let you know!
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