CORE autosport’s year challenging DPi teams in the premier IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class will be followed by a year in the new second-tier LMP2 division.
The South Carolina-based team reports having explored an effort in the new-for-2019 DPi class but opted to move forward for at least one more year with its Gibson-powered ORECA 07.
The 2018 season included two pole positions and two race wins among five podium finishes for the full-season pairing of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in CORE’s No. 54 entry. Remarkably, the team’s most successful races began with its LMP2 car at the back of the field following a starting driver change.
“We were cautiously optimistic, recalling our successful history with the ORECA FLM09 in Prototype Challenge, but we started our season with an empty engineering notebook and some stout factory-supported DPi competition,” said team owner and driver Bennett of the team’s 2018 campaign.
“After the midpoint of the season, podiums were common and we began winning as a team. … Turning the page to 2019, the CORE autosport squad will fixate our efforts on winning the new LMP2 championship and scrap with some familiar rivals. It will be excellent racing.”
After coming within four points of the Prototype title in 2018, CORE will bring its speed to the LMP2 class beginning Jan. 4–6, 2019 with the Roar Before the Rolex 24. The season-opening 24-hour race is set for Jan. 26–27.