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CORE Adds Dumas, Duval for Rolex 24

Romain Dumas, Loic Duval confirmed in CORE autosport lineup for Rolex 24 at Daytona…

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CORE autosport has confirmed the addition of Romain Dumas and Loic Duval to its lineup alongside Jon Bennett and Colin Braun for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as part of the team’s step up to the top Prototype class.

The four drivers will pilot the team’s new Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener. 

Despite being former FIA World Endurance Champions and overall winners at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, both Dumas and Duval have previous experience with the Oreca LMP2 car, in WEC competition. 

Duval also took part in this year’s Rolex 24 at the wheel of DragonSpeed’s Oreca.

“I am excited to share our new Oreca 07 with an amazing group of all-star teammates,” team owner/driver Jon Bennett said. “Both Romain Dumas and Loic Duval are simply two of the most talented race drivers in the world.

“Both Romain and Loic have unmatched experience in 24-hour endurance competitions. I know Colin and I share our new teammates’ passion for adding the Rolex 24 overall win to our collection of victories.”

Dumas will make his return to Daytona after missing the event in recent years due to taking part in the Dakar Rally.

“I’m really happy to go back to Daytona,” he said. “For a long a time I’ve been looking to come back, but Dakar is always at the same time.

“This year, as soon as I get the opportunity with CORE, I decided not to do Dakar.

“Loic and I were teammates at Audi in 2012 and as soon as I heard it was a possibility for him to be part of the team, I was very enthusiastic. We live very close to each other—eight miles away—so we have a good relationship.”

Duval said that the decision to join the team for Daytona was an easy one after talking to Dumas.

“The main thing I know about CORE is they are the GT factory team for Porsche and to be honest that is about it,” he said. “I spoke a little bit with Romain and he explained to me about how professional the team is.

“It wasn’t a surprise though, because when you are a factory team for Porsche it means a lot already. I knew that the team was first class.

“I’ve been doing some testing back in Europe and I was racing in Bahrain in WEC in the ORECA.

“It’s definitely good training for me because I will not race any car from now to Daytona, so I’m quite sharp in the LMP2 ORECA, which for me also makes a lot of sense to be fully fit for Daytona.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. David Chaste

    November 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Here Mr Bennett, since you run our Porsche GT team really well, why don’t you help yourself to our fine factory drivers. They’re already on a tidy retainer, so you don’t have to bother unless you feel a bonus is well merited. Besides we need to find competitive programs for them, and don’t want them getting snapped up by the competition, and you might need to brush up on some french since your squad might be at LaSarthe this year.

    • Curtis

      November 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you for that. I needed a laugh.

    • KW

      November 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      … and Romain and Loic will also make a fine addition to your lineup for the two additional Porsche Le Mans entries …
      Thus, well said! Better keep the (too many) Porsche factory drivers occupied in a “friendly” LMP2 team than losing them to a different LMP2 team…

    • Jason G

      November 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Mr know-it-all hard at work! Lmao get a clue already!

      • David Chaste

        November 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        You think be was able to secure them for any other reason than him running the factory GT team. These guys are premium help. Sure he can afford them but Jon Bennett usually goes for the under-rated, off the grid hot shoe for his endurance gigs not the well known global stars.

    • Jenner

      November 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Some people here will call them “Spec car racers”.

  2. John

    November 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    The level of talent at Daytona will be awesome, regardless of how they may end up in the field.

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