ST Racing, which secured the 24H SERIES Overall GT Teams’ championship in 2021, has confirmed the nine drivers that will pilot the Canadian team’s BMW M4 GT3s at next month’s Hankook 24H DUBAI.
Newly-crowned Overall GT Teams’ champion ST-Racing has revealed its driver line-up for the 2022 Hankook 24H DUBAI, the first 24H SERIES event at which the Canadian team will race in the GT3 class.
ST Racing confirmed in July this year that it would step up to the GT3 category for 2022 with two brand-new BMW M4 GT3s. During its maiden season in the 24H SERIES, the Canadian team took three class wins with its BMW M4 GT4 en-route to not just category honours but the Overall GT Teams’ championship as well.
Samantha Tan, Jon Miller and Chandler Hull also secured the Overall GT Drivers’ crowns as well Drivers’ honours in GT4. ST Racing co-owner Samantha meanwhile secured the GT Ladies Cup and GT Junior Cup.
In Dubai next month, Miller and Hull will reunite in the team’s #28 PRO entry alongside Nick Wittmer and Louis-Philippe Montour. Wittmer, a regular title contender in the GT4 America and TC America series, helped ST Racing secure class wins at Dubai and Barcelona this year, while Montour steps up to GT competition from the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
Samantha Tan meanwhile will lead the sister #1 PRO-AM line-up alongside Bryson Morris, Anthony Lazzaro, Harry Gottsacker, and Tyler Maxson. Morris made his 24H SERIES debut with the team at the Hankook 24H SEBRING, and is set to compete in this year’s F4 United States Championship, while Gottsacker, who helped ST Racing secure its first championship in 2019, makes his 24H SERIES debut in Dubai. Fittingly, Maxson, a two-time class champion in the TC America series, competed alongside Gottsacker on his ST Racing debut last year.
Lazzaro meanwhile, a two-time Daytona 24 Hours class winner, makes his return to the 24H SERIES, his previous outing having been at the Hankook 24H COTA USA, also with ST Racing, in 2019.
“It’s going to be a new year, with a new car, in a new class!” explained Samantha Tan in an official team statement. “It’s a bit overwhelming to think about, but we also went into 2021 with the same mindset to manage expectations and do the best we can to win. We did just that and came away with six championship titles. It will once again be a steep learning curve next season, but I know that this past year has given us the learning experiences needed to execute and perform well once again.
“I’m so excited to be joined by my fellow championship co-drivers: Nick Wittmer, Jon Miller, Chandler Hull, Harry Gottsacker, and some old and new faces: Anthony Lazzaro, LP Montour, Tyler Maxson, and Bryson Morris. It will be a new challenge but we are ready to face it head on.”
“I am very excited to start the next step of our evolution as a racing team,” continued team owner Kenneth Tan. “Most of the drivers in our lineup are well-known to the team and we have all found success working together. It’s a great family atmosphere and we cannot wait to race both of our new M4 GT3s in Dubai together. Car #1 arguably has the youngest ever line-up with Bryson and Tyler both only 17 years old and Harry being 21. Samantha is actually the oldest among the junior drivers. The juniors will benefit from Anthony Lazzaro’s precious wisdom gained from his extensive race experience running multiple races at the Daytona 24 Hours.
“On top of that, we’ve barely had any time to work on both cars as they practically went from the BMW Welt straight to Rotterdam port for their transport to Dubai. The first time we get to do anything with the cars will be during the first unofficial practice in Dubai. Thus, our goal in Dubai is to learn the cars and have fun at the same time. Nevertheless, it is an exciting time and I cannot wait. It’s only five weeks away!”
ST Racing’s BMW M4 GT3s are two of the three examples already registered for the Hankook 24H DUBAI on 13-14-15 January. The third has been entered by 2011 event winner Schubert Motorsport.
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