Andrew Watson will make his debut at the legendary Daytona 24 Hours at the end of the month (25th - 26th January) after being drafted into the Aston Martin Racing squad to take on the GTD Class.
Replacing the injured Paul Dalla Lana, AMR Junior Andrew Watson will join Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Ross Gunn in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Having raced the Aston Martin Vantage in the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Andrew will bring a wealth of experience to the team as they take on seventeen teams for GTD honours.
The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona uses the 3.56-mile sportscar course, utilising portions of the NASCAR tri-oval banking, as well as the infield road course, making it one of the most unique and challenging sports car races in the world for the 39-car field.
Having previously contested at the Bathurst 12 Hours and Spa 24 Hours, Andrew is no stranger to endurance racing and is hoping his experience can aid the team next week as he makes his racing debut on American soil.
“This is such a great opportunity for me, and I owe a huge thanks to Aston Martin Racing for the chance to continue to prove what I can do. I know the Vantage GT3 well, having raced it in Europe last season.
It all came about very quickly but now my focus is on preparation to ensure I do the best job possible to deliver a result for the team. I’ve never raced in America before so for the first event to be the 24 Hours of Daytona is mind blowing. We’ve got a great lineup and should be competitive.
I hope Paul makes a speedy recovery and that he can be back challenging us in the next round of the World Endurance Championship.”
The race weekend gets underway on Thursday 23rd January with practice and qualifying both taking place on the opening day before a fourth and final practice on Friday, with the 2020 Rolex 24 getting underway on Saturday at 1:40 pm (local).
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