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Brundle, Pla Complete Krohn Racing Rolex 24 Lineup

Alex Brundle, Olivier Pla join Krohn Racing for Rolex 24…

Photo: DPPI/Onroak

Photo: DPPI/Onroak

Krohn Racing has secured the two primary Ligier JS P2 chassis developers, Alex Brundle and Olivier Pla, to drive the team’s new Ligier JS P2 Judd for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Englishman and the Frenchman join team regulars Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson in the green No. 57 entry, as the team steps up from the GT ranks into Prototypes for 2015.

Krohn has undertaken an extensive testing program with the Onroak Automotive-built Ligier, which totals eight days prior to this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 test.

Pla worked with the team at their shakedown in Estoril in November, and Brundle joined Krohn and Jonsson at a private test at Daytona in December.

“I have done all the testing and development with Alex with Onroak so we know the car perfectly,” Pla said.

“I had the chance to meet the whole Krohn Racing team when they tested the new Ligier for the first time at Estoril and the way they operated make me feel we have a very strong package all together and with all the extensive testing the team has been doing I just can’t wait for the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

Brundle added: “Having been a part of the development team, alongside very talented engineers and designers from Onroak Automotive, it will be particularly satisfying for me to be part of the car’s debut at the Daytona 24 hours.

“I know how tough this race is from previous experience on the high banks, so I look forward to bringing my full focus, as always, to do the best possible job for Tracy and the team.”

Both Pla and Brundle raced in open-top LMP2-spec cars at last year’s Rolex 24.

Brundle co-drove in Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Oreca 03 Nissan to fifth place overall, best of the P2-spec cars. Persistent alternator issues spoiled Pla’s efforts in OAK Racing’s Morgan Nissan, although that car finished one spot in class behind the Oreca in sixth.

Krohn will run the opening two TUDOR Championship races at Daytona and Sebring, in addition to a full European Le Mans Series season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The team’s third driver for the ELMS is still yet to be announced. With Jonsson a Gold and Krohn a Bronze-rated driver, there is no stipulation on that third driver’s rating.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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