8Star Motorsports Confident In Daytona Line-Up


8Star's line-up includes Britons Rob Huff and Tom Kimber-Smith (Credit: 8Star Motorsports)

8Star Motorsports believe they have a formidable line up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona thanks to the recent signing of Rob Huff to their PC charger.

Huff will be joined in driving duties by 8Star team boss Enzo Potolicchio, Tom Kimber-Smith and Michael Marsal who all aim to be the first class winners in this the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

2012 World Touring Car Champion Huff said: “The limited running I gained during the “Roar” test was certainly enough to whet my appetite and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of 8Star Motorsport’s ORECA prototype. Having had a recent run of success in endurance racing, I’m hoping to carry a bit of momentum to Daytona. Having said that, I know it’s going to be a challenging race and that the competition is of a high standard, so I take nothing for granted.”

Fellow Brit Kimber-Smith has had a range of endurance racing experiences in recent years with two LMP2 victories and one GT2 victory at Le Mans with Daytona being another potential trophy for his cabinet:  “It’s a hard race with a lot of heritage and I’ll be reuniting with my good friend Enzo (Potolicchio) with whom I won the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours. I’m also looking forward to having Michael Marsal and Rob Huff in the team. We have a very strong line-up with a lot of experience. The team is awesome and if we all do our jobs and hit our marks, we will achieve a great result.”

8Star Motorsports Team Manager, Gary Neal, concluded: “The 24 Hours of Daytona is the opening round of the inaugural TUDOR Championship season and having such a formidable and talented driver line-up fills me with optimism. We arrive at Daytona off the back of a very productive “Roar” test, which followed a highly positive end to the 2013 season with the ORECA FLM09 prototype.

“With such a significant change to the regulations there’s a lot of uncertainty and each team from every class faces a huge challenge, but I hope we can win or, at the very least, scale the podium. While we’re not a seasoned team, we have a professional and capable group of people who bring years of experience with them.”

The Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off the TUDOR Championship this weekend.