Starworks Motorsport’s new Oreca 07 Gibson has completed a successful shakedown at Paul Ricard ahead of the team’s return to LMP2 competition in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Staff from the Florida-based team were on hand for the first running of the car on Wednesday, which was completed by an ORECA driver.
The car, which will be driven by Ryan Dalziel and John Farano in a minimum of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races, is the 53rd LMP2-based chassis to have come from the French constructor.
Dalziel and Farano will be joined by David Heinemeier Hansson for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds and reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Nico Lapierre for Daytona.
Team owner Peter Baron expects the car to arrive in Florida on Christmas Eve.
Increased LMP2 Grid Set for Daytona
The Starworks entry is one of at least six LMP2 cars expected for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener on the Florida high banks.
Performance Tech, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, DragonSpeed and Era Motorsport all set with Oreca machinery, in addition to a Riley Mk. 30 Gibson from Rick Ware Racing.
RWR’s ex-BAR1 Motorsports Riley recently completed a test at Virginia International Raceway with Cody Ware among the drivers (pictured below).
Good day @VIRNow testing our MK30 LMP2 car, out to Milan tomorrow for testing with @Eurointernation 👊🏻 #IMSA #lmp2 #IWSC pic.twitter.com/tGHe1vykAD
— Cody Ware (@CodyShaneWare) December 13, 2019