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LMP2 star Rast joins top squad for Rolex 24 at Daytona

FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 ace Rene Rast has joined Visit Florida Racing for his first attempt at overall victory in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona next month.

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Rast, who will race fulltime in the DTM with Audi in 2017, joins Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande in VFR’s Gibson-powered Riley Mk.30 in the top category for the race.

The 30-year-old German – renowned as the fastest LMP2 driver in the WEC – has twice won the event’s GTD class with Magnus Racing, but moves up to the top class for his sixth start at the Florida venue’s endurance classic.

“It is an amazing feeling to know that in a few days I will be back at Daytona,” said Rast, who will get his first taste of the car in this week’s ‘Roar Before the 24’ test. “The Rolex 24 is one of my favorite races during the year and I can’t wait for the action to begin.

“I have won the Rolex 24 now two times but not overall. My big dream was always to one day win it overall.

“Being part of a great team like Visit Florida Racing is a big honor and for sure it will bring a big smile to my face doing my first laps in their car. I followed the team over the past couple of years and always felt that they were one of the best teams, so I’m very proud to be part of this effort.”

Team owner Troy Flis added: “We are very excited to have a guy like Rene join our Visit Florida line up.

“He is quick and has a lot of valuable experience for us to tap into as we get ready for our first race with this Riley LMP2. I think he’ll fit right in with Marc and Renger so we are excited to get going with our new car this week here at the Roar.”

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