BRDC British F3 Champion Linus Lundqvist is gearing up for his prize drive in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on 26-27 January, with three days of testing this weekend.
The 'Roar Before the Rolex 24' starts today (Friday) and will see the Swede get behind the wheel of the Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT3 for the first time, courtesy of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge initiative, which he won on his way to securing the British F3 title.
This will be Lundqvist's first taste of both the car and the daunting Daytona International Speedway, and he's looking forward to the challenge.
"It's such a big thing to be here, Daytona is such an historic motorsport site and it's only really now that it's actually sinking in that I'll be doing this. I'm so thrilled and I can't think of a better way to kick-start 2019!
"I've spent some time at the track, getting to know the team and learning the place,” Lundqvist continues. “It’s all good so far, but of course there are many new impressions to take in. Everything is new to me; the car, the team, the track, the format, driving at night… I’ve never shared a car with anyone before and the races in British F3 were about 20 minutes long – here, we’re looking at stints of up to two hours. The test this weekend will be very important for me.”
The Roar Before the Rolex 24 spans across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, offering a total of seven sessions (plus a short qualifying foretaste in which pit garage order for the up-coming race is at stake).
The test boasts a total of 47 entered cars, divided into four different classes. The GTD category, in which PPM and Lundqvist will compete, is the biggest one - featuring 23 of the total entries.
For the second consecutive year, double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is among the headline names on the star-studded entry list, the Spaniard set to drive a Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac in the DPi prototype class.
“This whole thing is just so cool,” Linus Lundqvist concludes. “Being here among these great names of motorsport, in one of the biggest races on the planet, is a dream come true. I can’t wait to hit the track. Hopefully I will get plenty of time in the car this weekend and do a good job for the team.”
For news and reaction from Daytona, a dedicated online portal set up specifically for the event is available on Linus Lundqvist's official website: www.linuslundqvistracing.se/en/daytona-24-hours-2019/.
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