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Magnus Switches to Lamborghini for 2019

Andy Lally, John Potter to drive Magnus Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo…

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Magnus Racing will make the switch from Audi to Lamborghini, having announced Wednesday it will field a Huracan GT3 Evo in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.

Andy Lally and John Potter, meanwhile, will return to the team for its 10th year of professional competition.

The team’s switch to the Italian manufacturer, which claimed class victories in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring en route to the GT Daytona manufacturers’ championship, comes after fielding Audi R8 LMS cars since 2016.

“It’s great to move forward with everyone at Lamborghini Squadra Corse,” Potter said. “The performance of the Lamborghini over the past several seasons is well documented, and it will be nice to compete with them rather than against them in 2019.

“Since our first meeting, we’ve been remarkably impressed with the attention to customer service and clear communication, which instills a lot of confidence in the future of our working relationship.

“In particular, I’d really like to thank Giorgio Sanna and Chris Ward for being as responsive as they have, with an organization like ours it’s extremely refreshing.”

Magnus will become the second full-season Lamborghini team in the WeatherTech Championship, joining the title-winning Paul Miller Racing operation.

Additional drivers for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and Michelin Endurance Cup have yet to be announced but could feature Lamborghini’s pool of factory and junior drivers.

“We are very excited to have the team at Magnus Racing join us for 2019,” said Head of Lamborghini Motorsport Giorgio Sanna.

“The team has a great on-track endurance record going back to their multiple Rolex 24 at Daytona wins, multiple championships, and of course Sebring win as well, but they also have an off-track approach that is very unique.

“We look forward to working closer together, and are happy to be part of the family and fun atmosphere that the team has created.”

Chris Ward, Senior Manager for Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini added: “Having Magnus Racing join us adds another great team to our ambitions for another championship year.

“We’ve enjoyed our experience working with them to this point, and look forward to their approach with racing.”

Lally, who is a race winner in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, said the switch is a “great move” for the team.

“We’ve of course been driving against their cars for the last several years and they’ve had a great package, so I’m excited to finally get behind the wheel with next year’s EVO,” he said.

“There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but we’re confident we can get up to speed quickly and regain the form we know we’re capable of.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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