Paul Di Resta to make sportscar début at Daytona 24 Hours

Paul Di Resta to make sportscar début at Daytona 24 Hours

Paul Di Resta
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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport driver Paul Di Resta has been confirmed to race at the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018, racing for United Autosports.

The Scot joins a long list of past and current DTM drivers that have competed at the famed endurance race in Florida, including the likes of Mike Rockenfeller, Filipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara and Oliver Jarvis.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Daytona and with United Autosports,” said Di Resta, who will be racing alongside regular driver Will Owen at the event, along with two as-of-yet unannounced co-drivers.

Di Resta will get behind the wheel of the Ligier JS P217 at the Daytona International Speedway, which will hold the 56th running of the event in January, and is looking ahead to a new challenge in his racing career.

“I’ve never done a 24-hour race and never raced a prototype so it’s all new to me,” admitted the 31-year-old, who has eight DTM career wins so far.

“Entering a 24-hour race is something I’ve looked at doing before and when Zak asked, I jumped at the opportunity. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is getting bigger every year, so it’s great to be part of it.

“I plan to do some testing ahead of the race to get integrated into the team and to get a shot at driving the car prior to heading to Daytona in January.”