Rob Bell says he expects to be quickly up to speed this weekend when he joins the Drayson Racing team for the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring.
Bell will line-up alongside team owner Paul Drayson and Johnny Cocker for the event, which will mark his first race outing in the GT2-spec Aston Martin Vantage.
The Briton finished seventh at Sebring last season with the Tafel Racing team and will look to improve this time around as the Vantage debuts in the Twelve Hour race.
“I always go out to win and that's the aim for me this week,” he said. “Although I haven't driven the Aston Martin until this week, I've been very impressed with what I've seen, particularly when it was running at Paul Ricard last week.
“The Sebring event is always a particularly tough challenge as it comes so early in the season, but it's a great way to kick it off. There's so much tradition, a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowd, and highly competitive racing, non-stop for 12 hours.
“It's a new team and a new manufacturer for me, but the team has given me such a warm welcome that it won't take any time at all to settle in and get down to business. There is plenty of experience within the team so I think we should be well prepared for Saturday's start. The biggest challenge is the track itself, the weather conditions and the cars around us on track, not only the ones that we're fighting with for class honours, but also the other class contenders. You're looking in your mirrors the whole time, avoiding the bumps and preserving the car so you can go the distance, which is no mean feat.”