It counts as one of the greatest achievements in the history of the GRT Grasser Racing team: winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2018, one of the most famous and prestigious endurance races in the USA. The outfit based at Knittelfeld in Austria are now returning to the scene of their triumph. On the weekend of 24th – 27th January, the endurance classic will be contested again, and the Grasser team has only one goal in mind, namely a repeat of their stunning victory last year.
The signs are good. Three of last year’s race-winning squad are in the GRT Grasser starting line-up – Lamborghini works driver Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen and Rick Breukers. The fourth member of the 2019 quartet will be Christian Engelhart, who has been a regular driver for the team over many years, during which he won the Blancpain GT Series title in 2017.
Baptism of fire for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO
This second race of the new year after the season opener in Dubai will be a special one for GRT Grasser Racing as they send their new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO into action for the first time. The latest generation of the Huracán GT3 features improvements in the areas of aerodynamics, mechanics, electronics, engine and interior. During tests in December and at Roar in early January, the team had ample opportunity to familiarise themselves with the EVO, and they are consequently feeling upbeat as the debut race weekend approaches.
The Daytona 24-hour race has been held since 1966 at the Daytona International Speedway, located approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Orlando, Florida. The famous race marks the start of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. GRT Grasser Racing are competing in the GTD class, and their Lamborghini has been allocated number 11 in the starting line-up.
Team Principal Gottfried Grasser: “The whole team is thrilled that we are once again on the grid for this race. Each of us has the massive success of last year foremost in our mind, and we obviously want to follow up on that. There are not many teams that have won Daytona twice. We will be doing our very best to make sure that happens for us. We’ve done a lot of testing with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO during December and January, and we’ll be continuing this work in the free practice sessions. It really is a completely new car and therefore a big challenge. There are now quite different parameters to be taken into consideration. I’m still confident that we’ll be able to field a strong car in this race and be up among the front-runners.”
Source. GRT Grasser Racing/Photo. Jamey Price