Rast reunites with G-Drive Racing for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Rast reunites with G-Drive Racing for Rolex 24 at Daytona

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The Russian entrant, continuing its partnership with Algarve Pro Racing, will make its debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener as part of its preparations for a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with a single Oreca 07 LMP2 next season.

It will run two Orecas in the LMP2 class at Daytona, with Rast joined in its #26 entry by former IndyCar racer Ed Jones, FIA Formula 3 graduate Oliver Rasmussen and bronze-rated Francois Heria.

The second car will be shared by Formula 2 veteran Luca Ghiotto, European Le Mans Series race-winner James Allen, 17-year-old FIA F3 racer Tijmen van der Helm and team regular Jon Falb, who won the LMP2 Pro-Am title in the ELMS with G-Drive by APR this season.

Rast, 35, is set to make his first outing in a prototype since Daytona 2019 with Mazda, ahead of his role in leading development on Audi’s upcoming 2023 LMDh racer.

A class-winner at Daytona in 2016 with Magnus Racing’s Audi R8 in the GT Daytona class, Rast finished third outright in 2017 in a Spirit of Daytona Racing-run Riley.

He was a G-Drive regular during the 2016 WEC season, taking a single victory in Bahrain.

Wec Bahrain 2016 26 G Drive Racing Oreca 05 Nissan Roman Rusinov Alex Brundle Rene Rast

G-Drive team principal Roman Rusinov will not be competing at Daytona, but welcomed Rast’s addition to the team.

“G-Drive Racing has been the most successful team in the LMP2 class over the last decade so the interest in our first participation in the Daytona 24 hours was very high,” he said.

“As always, we carefully approached the choice of drivers, and I think we have assembled the best possible team, which is a mix of youth and experience.

“I am especially glad that my friend Rene Rast has returned to our team. His speed, experience, and past success at Daytona make him extremely valuable for the team and I’m sure we have all ingredients for victory in this iconic event.”

WEC outfits United Autosports, DragonSpeed, Racing Team Nederland and High Class Racing have already committed to entering LMP2 cars Daytona, with the latter trio all planning full-season IMSA campaigns.

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