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Grasser confirms Rolex 24, Sebring 12 Hours entries

The Grasser Racing Team will enter two Lamborghini Huracans in January’s 55th Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, marking the team’s debut at the event, with one car staying on for the Sebring 12 Hours.

#16 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Mirko Bortolotti, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Rolf Ineichen
Second place Mirko Bortolotti, GRT Grasser Racing Team
#963 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Rolf Ineichen, Adrian Amstutz, Andrea Caldarelli
#48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan: Mirko Bortolotti, Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Bryce Miller
Christian Engelhart
Checkered flag for #16 GRT Grasser Racing Team, Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Rolf Ineichen, Christian Engelhart, Mirko Bortolotti

One GRT car will run the team’s Blancpain GT driver lineup that won this year’s Nurburgring race – Rolf Ineichen, Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti, along with 22-year-old Argentinian Ezequil Companc. His résumé includes winning the Amateur class of the Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli.  

The second car so far features Engelhart and Ineichen as well, but the identities of the other two drivers are as yet unconfirmed.

Team owner Gottfried Grasser, whose squad will take part in next week’s test, as well as the Roar before the 24 test in early January, described entering the Rolex 24 as a “childhood dream coming true.”

He went on: “Already in 2016 when we were in Daytona as a support [for the US debut of the Huracan], I was adamant that we would be there racing in 2017. It will be a very hard race with a lot of new manufacturers like Lexus, Honda and Mercedes taking part, but we are confident.

“The race will be fantastic. Together with our partner Lamborghini, we will have a good chance with our two GRT cars, I believe.

“Going to America presents an additional challenge, especially to a relatively small team like Grasser Racing. A big ‘Thank you’, therefore, to my guys for managing this extremely difficult logistic task.”

Should Daytona and Sebring go well for the team, it is considering entries in the other two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s North American Endurance Cup – namely the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, and the season finale, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

 

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