Unfinished business for Ryan Dalziel in Japan

Ryan Dalziel is enjoying the best season of his career, but he insists it will only be complete when he has led Starworks Motorsport to the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title.

Stéphane Sarrazin and Ryan Dalziel
Stéphane Sarrazin and Ryan Dalziel

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Scottish star Ryan – who lives in Windermere, Florida – can make that dream come true this weekend with victory in the Six Hours Of Japan at the Fuji Speedway.

He will team up once more with Venezuelan Enzo Potolicchio and French ace Stephane Sarrazin and the talented trio are determined to tie up the title with one round still to go.

Ryan comes into the race still on a high after securing his highest ever championship finish with second place in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series.

Now Ryan, who originally comes from Lanarkshire, wants a dynamic double by steering the #44 Starworks Honda HPD to win a world title.

RYAN SAYS: “Our hope is to tie up the championship here because that would take some of the pressure off us in China. The Nissan-powered cars have been coming up pretty strong so we would love nothing better than giving Honda the championship here in Japan.

“My trophy cabinet has been well stuffed after a few lonely years so it has been amazing. I have been really motivated all year and it has gone from strength to strength and the final piece of the jigsaw will be clinching that world title.

“I think the early indication is that we will be pretty strong here, but we saw in Bahrain that we still have problems like everyone else. What should have been an easy victory turned into a lucky third place because of a starter motor failure.

“We will take nothing for granted. We have to maximize our points here

“Our first priority is to keep an eye on what our rivals are doing and match their efforts, but if we can tie it up here then great.

“I was sad to miss the last round at Bahrain, but I was very happy to make sure of second place in the Grand-Am – my highest finish in Grand-Am and I wanted to protect that. So there were mixed feelings because the WEC has been an excellent series for us.

“Although I would have been delighted for Starworks, I am glad they didn’t wrap up the title in Bahrain because I want to be part of that party and to be part of this amazing venue at Fuji.

“We have had an amazing season and we want to win the last two races and lift that championship.

“The key to it has been our reliability. We haven’t always been the fastest car, but other than Bahrain we have been flawless.

“We actually got to test on the track – our first test since Sebring. It was good for Enzo and myself to get up to speed without the pressure of a race weekend. It is a good track and we learned a lot. I feel that every time I get in the car I get better and feel more at home in there. We want to continue the program next year but it would be really good if we were coming back to defend our crown.”

THE FACTS: Ryan will next be in action in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji in Japan on October 14.

Ryan and Starworks Motorsport started the FIA World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 class win and third place overall at Sebring in Florida and a class win in Brazil as well as winning their class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, where Tom Kimber-Smith was in the car with Ryan and Enzo. They also came second at Silverstone with Sarrazin replacing Kimber-Smith.

Ryan also grabbed an LMPC class win and third place overall in the CORE autosport car at Long Beach in California as well as a third place in class at Mosport in Canada.

Ryan came second in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series. He was second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and third in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, then had his first Grand-Am win of the season at Watkins Glen. He was third at Laguna Seca.

He had four Rolex Grand-Am podiums in 2011 – a win at Mid-Ohio and third at Barber, Lime Rock and Watkins Glen. He also had three fourth-place finishes. Ryan also gave Starworks Motorsport its first DP victory, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in 2008.

Source: Ryan Dalziel

shares
comments
Benoît Tréluyer: Welcome to my home - Fuji
Previous article

Benoît Tréluyer: Welcome to my home - Fuji

Next article

REBELLION Racing aims for trophy in 6 Hours of Fuji

REBELLION Racing aims for trophy in 6 Hours of Fuji
Load comments
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Prime

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive FIA World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Motorsport.com recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021
The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending Prime

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained.

WEC
Nov 9, 2021
How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Prime

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the FIA World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out.

WEC
Nov 8, 2021
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Prime

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021