The MOMO/NGT Motorsport team will be hoping they can start 2013 in the same fashion they closed 2012, with a GT class win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to follow their GTC class victory at Petit Le Mans last October.
From the winning line-up at Road Atlanta team owner/driver Henrique Cisneros and Polish Porsche regular Kuba Giermaziak will take their place in the driving squad in the #30 Porsche GT3 for the Rolex 24.
Also returning to the team, though after a longer break between runs in the MOMO backed car is Sean Edwards. Edwards – a front runner in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – is also travelling to Daytona off the back of a win having been part of the victorious team at the Dubai 24 Hours earlier this month.
“Many things have to go right to win a 24-hour race and so many things can go wrong,” said Edwards from a position of experience. “Well, it’s always good to be in the rhythm before a race like this, so Dubai gives me the right preparation physically and mentally. At Daytona I will now have to beat my Dubai teammate, Jeroen Bleekemolen, who will race for Alex Job this weekend!”
The team will be completed by Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet. After winning the LMTGTE Am of the European Le Mans Series the Frenchman making his fifth start at the Rolex 24, trying to improve upon a best result of third in class he took in 2009.
“We have three professional Porsche drivers on the team and an excellent gentleman driver,” said team manager and co-owner Ramez Wahab. “Everyone will do their job to the best of their ability in the conditions on track. In a 24-hour race there are always many variables. The most important thing is to keep the car on track and try to stay on the lead lap.”
The foursome will take their place in the GT class brimming with talent with works supported drivers from BMW, Ferrari, Chevrolet and Audi joining the Porsche stable which counts Pilet among their number.
“There are numerous good GT teams entered in this year’s Rolex 24, and many of them are other Porsche teams,” continues Wahab. “Our business is Porsche racing so we hope to deliver the best car possible for the start of the race. In 24 hours of racing you have to be ready for anything. We think we have a team that can be ready for whatever the race throws at us. Let’s see what happens on Sunday afternoon.”