Spa 24h winners Juncadella and Gounon group up once more in IMSA GTD Professional - Motor Informed
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Spa 24h winners Juncadella and Gounon group up once more in IMSA GTD Professional

The Mercedes-AMG manufacturing facility drivers gained the blue ribband spherical of the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup along with Raffaele Marciello, and secured the title by defeating Iron Lynx Ferrari driver Antonio Fuoco over the five-round collection.

Juncadella, who was additionally confirmed final weekend because the Intercontinental GT Problem champion in final weekend’s Gulf 12 Hours regardless of retiring from the race, will once more group up with Gounon aboard a Proton-run Mercedes-AMG GT3 entered below the WeatherTech banner.

The pair raced this yr’s Daytona 24 Hours collectively for WeatherTech, and made chosen appearances alongside Cooper MacNeil because the Silver-graded American switched between the group’s Mercedes and Porsche throughout the GTD Professional and Professional-Am GTD class.

Fellow Mercedes manufacturing facility driver Maro Engel will be a part of them for the endurance races, with MacNeil coming onboard for Daytona as a part of a lowered driving programme.

MacNeil will “tackle extra of a administration position with the group all through season”, a WeatherTech assertion defined.

Gounon stated: “We are going to give it our all to get the WeatherTech Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the entrance and get a giant trophy on the finish of the yr.

Gounon and Juncadella won the Spa 24 together with Marciello (left) this year

Gounon and Juncadella gained the Spa 24 along with Marciello (left) this yr

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“I believe the line-up we’ve got with Dani and Maro could be very sturdy, and we will probably be superb with Cooper on the Rolex 24 as properly.

“All of us full one another in numerous areas. We actually make a fantastic group. I actually get pleasure from their firm and am trying ahead to a fantastic yr.”

Juncadella added: “Subsequent yr is shaping as much as be one of the thrilling chapters of my profession.

“It was a last-minute name for Daytona final yr after which it became a pair extra races with Cooper within the WeatherTech Mercedes-AMG GT3 which was enjoyable.

“It was stunning to me, I found IMSA is without doubt one of the most fun championships taking place across the globe proper now.

“It’s nice that we’ve got managed to get our deal collectively to run the entire season with Jules for 2023 and WeatherTech Racing. “On high of that, having Maro within the automotive for the endurance races and Cooper for the Rolex 24 places the cherry on high.

“We begin with the large race first, the Rolex 24. We had been aggressive final yr; we now must deliver it to the end line.”

It was introduced final week that 2022 GTD Professional title-winning operation Pfaff Motorsports will area Porsche regulars Klaus Bachler and Patrick Pilet subsequent yr following champion drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell’s call-up to the 963 LMDh squad.

Bachler and Pilet will probably be joined by Pfaff’s 2021 GTD title-winner Laurens Vanthoor for the endurance races when he is not on responsibility with the 963.




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