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Morad Poised for Land Audi Drive at Petit Le Mans

Daniel Morad tipped as third driver in Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS for Motul Petit Le Mans…

Photo: Brian Cleary/PWC

Daniel Morad is set to complete Montaplast by Land Motorsport’s lineup in next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans, in the team’s return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.

Sportscar365 has learned that Morad will join Christopher Mies and Sheldon van der Linde in the German squad’s No. 29 Audi R8 LMS for the ten-hour enduro.

Mies, van der Linde and Connor De Phillippi claimed GT Daytona class honors in last year’s race.

The Canadian, who is listed with Land on IMSA’s testing declaration list, replaces Alessio Picariello, who was initially slated to drive but was dropped from the team’s ADAC GT Masters lineup earlier this year.

Per IMSA’s list, all three drivers are due to test at Road Atlanta on Sept. 25-26 in preparation for the race.

Morad, a Silver-rated driver by the FIA, took part in the majority of the Pirelli World Challenge season before parting ways with CRP Racing in August. 

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

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. jason

    September 12, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Impressed that Land is even going to run the Petit Le Mans considering the officiating debacles of Daytona and Watkins Glen. Will cheer for them for this one for sure though

  2. Andy

    September 12, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Oh great, who’s the first person he hits Petit week? He’s a good driver but prone to thinking his car can fit places it just won’t go

  3. Tim

    September 12, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Anyone else notice the Meyer Skank Racing Prototype chassis test?

    • NASCAR/DPs Suck

      September 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Are they running the Acura-Oreca? Do tell more as I haven’t heard.

      • fluff

        September 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

        This is the NSX. No prototype stuff here…..

        • JD

          September 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

          It’s classified as a “Prototype” test not “GTD” test, so that would imply a DPi or LMP2 car. The test days allocated for that team suggests a Prototype team as well instead of a GTD team.

          • John Dagys

            September 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

            It’s a typo on the testing list. The Ford GTs are also listed as “Prototypes” on the list

  4. the boot

    September 12, 2018 at 9:01 am

    This lineup is perfect example why IMSA needs to fix fake silvers. Morad is professional paid driver who competed in PWC Pro. How he is classified silver is beyond me.

    • Dan

      September 12, 2018 at 11:17 am

      It’s a works entry for Audi. The entire lineup is pros. The entry shouldn’t even be allowed.

      • Andy

        September 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        Nowhere in the rules is that specifically banned this year so it can not be banned no matter how much you hate the team. For next season the rules have been tightened up but currently the rules are balanced toward who is paying for the team and they can not be factory supported. Land is NOT a works team for this effort, now you can argue they are being over-paid by Audi for other events to make it look like they aren’t paying but that’s not what’s in the rules. Yes it feels like it’s outside the spirit of the rules but the spirit of the rules is bs by those who didn’t think of the way to do it themselves.

        His classification is an entirely different story, he should in NO way be a Silver by the FIA but they aren’t known for being on the level often. The ranking system outside of nominated factory drivers seems to be completely arbitrary and the age where you get dropped a level seems entirely off for current abilities. He definitely isn’t a Platinum but everything seems to be in line with him as a Gold driver. They never should have tied the Am spot to rankings, Legge was added as she was Silver (not sure if she’s been upgraded yet) for the Acuras. But then you have Nielsen, DHH and Madison Snow, all 3 meet the requirements of not earning their living from racing and being “gentleman” drivers in the old sense of the term; but all 3 are fast and consistent although I’d say it’s Nielson, DHH and Snow in rising skill order. Sadly I think this crackdown may have the adverse effect of adding more drivers over their head in to GTD, ala some of the GTC drivers in the ALMS at times.

    • JD

      September 12, 2018 at 11:58 am

      If we’re categorizing pro (gold) versus am (silver) drivers, probably most of the silver rated drivers in IMSA should be classified as gold drivers.

      • Andy

        September 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Silver is NOT purely Ams, and there lies the problem for IMSA. There are many Silvers who are rising or “independent” drivers without enough experience that the FIA feels they are Gold drivers yet. There needs to be a Pro vs Am ranking list, Pro Silvers can be the younger guys moving up and getting experience rather than the current system just the Pros who have been around and haven’t latched on with a factory or specific team. But you do get in to the sticky area of guys who are wealthy enough pretending to still be Silver Ams as they don’t drive for a living but think that’s rare enough to be ignored for now

  5. David Chaste

    September 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    He has pro caliber driving. But he hasnt been in a full factory entry and he has not had a full time ride in a couple years. That loophole keeps him a silver.

  6. David Chaste

    September 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I have to say i will be rooting for Land as well, especially with everything that has happened to them and they’re still. Hopefully they win, or get on the podium at least

    • Andy

      September 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Why? They cheated themselves out of Daytona by doing things that were outside of the rules. Any lawyer worth a nickel could argue previous precedent in banning things NOT allowed by the rulebook as ALL modifications not listed in the rules as specifically banned from being allowed. It’s black letter and easy to read.

      • Tom

        September 12, 2018 at 11:32 pm

        Andy you just have a hard on for Land and should get over yourself… first off if you think gaining 3-4 seconds on a pitstop was the reason they were fast and leading the race up until that point then you’re out of touch. If you had paid attention then you would know that a large amount of their lead was gained during the rainy stages of the races. Secondly, using blocks to take up tank capacity instead of BALLS is not outlawed in the rule book and teams still use them NOW!

        Was Watkins Glen a poor decision and a mistake? Darn right. But I think it’s cool a European team still comes over to take part in IMSA events after being treated so poorly.

        • Sportscarfan28

          September 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm

          I like Land and will be rooting for them at Petit. I thinks it’s cool that they are coming over and racing in NA. That said, I have to side with Andy on this one. Let’s not act like Land is a victim here. Rules are established. They didn’t adhere to them, knowingly or unknowingly.

          • Mike D.

            September 14, 2018 at 3:03 am

            “Rules are established.”

            Except for the fact that the whole Daytona problem was that rules WEREN’T established. IMSA relied on their catch-all “The series is always right” BS clause that only gets used when other stakeholders complain about innovation, even if its cost is $0.

  7. Adam

    September 13, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Morad will be more focused on making videos and finding DJ gigs over the weekend instead of driving. His crash in Portland that he publicly blamed on the other driver (whom he clearly drove into) was just a downright embarrassment. I don’t blame CRP for getting rid of him for it; talented or not, he’s not the least bit likeable, and crashes a ton. Good luck Land Audi!!

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