Darren Turner will hope to kick-start his 2009 season in style next month after confirming that he will rejoin Krohn Racing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Briton made his debut in the event with the team last season and joined forces with former F1 racer Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson to secure fourth place – the best Rolex result to date for the team.
After the successful 2008 showing, Krohn will retain the same driver line-up for the 2009 race with Turner, Zonta and Jonsson in the #76 car and team owner Tracy Krohn joining Eric van de Poele and Oliver Gavin in the #75 car.
“We believe we have a very strong team of dedicated and talented people, all of whom share the same goals for 2009,” team manager David Brown said. “The will to succeed is powerful throughout the team and we are keeping the same core of personnel for 2009. Continuity and long-term commitment are strong incentives to retain our current group. We have secured the same six drivers for the Daytona 24-hour race, with Darren and Olly joining our regular drivers, Tracy, Nic, Eric and Ricardo. This gives us a strong line-up.”
Turner meanwhile said he was delighted at the chance to return to Daytona and was confident that the team will be able to at least repeat its fourth place finish from twelve months ago.
“I absolutely loved my first experience of racing at Daytona at the beginning of this year,” he said. “Everything about it, even the rain and the small problems we encountered. The team did a fantastic job, and to finish fourth was a great result for Krohn Racing and a very positive start to their season. I can't wait to do it all again because it's a proper battle out there, wheel-to-wheel racing against some serious competition for the entire time on a track which, for me, is very unique, and with a totally professional team. All the right elements of a winning package are there.
“For the 2009 Rolex 24 we will obviously be planning to improve on last year's result and I'm sure that with a year's experience of the Proto-Auto Lola now under their belts, the team is in a really good position to achieve that. Nic, Ricardo and I all got on really well. We are about the same size so there weren't any major dramas about seats or fitting in the car and we were all able to perform at the level needed to keep in touch with the front of the field at all times. The team were extremely welcoming and a lot of fun to be around – I felt at home very quickly.”