Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Paul di Resta will make his first start in a sports car race next January when he enters the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway with United Autosports.

Di Resta currently races full-time in DTM with Mercedes and is in contention for a race seat with Williams in F1 for 2018, but has already firmed up one of his plans by joining United Autosports' line-up for the endurance classic.

Di Resta will race alongside Will Owen in the team's Ligier JS P217 car, while Lando Norris and Philip Hanson have also been confirmed as part of United Autosports' two-car entry for the race.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Daytona and with United Autosports. I’ve never done a 24-hour race and never raced a prototype so it’s all new to me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge," di Resta said.

"Entering a 24-hour race is something I’ve looked at doing before and when Zak [Brown] asked, I jumped at the opportunity. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is getting bigger every year, so it’s great to be part of it.

"I plan to do some testing ahead of the race to get integrated into the team and to get a shot at driving the car prior to heading to Daytona in January."

Team co-owner Brown added: "I’m pleased we have managed to pull together a deal for Paul to join the team at Daytona. Although he’s not driven our car before, he’s had plenty of racing experience in different categories so I’m confident he will have a good race and enjoy being with the team."

The 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place on January 27-28.

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