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Stevens assured he can assist WTR discover continued success

The previous Components 1 driver was announced yesterday as WTR’s 2022 endurance co-driver alongside full-timers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, because the workforce embarks on its second season working the Acura ARX-05.

On this position he replaces his former part-time Marussia F1 team-mate Alexander Rossi, though the IndyCar ace will be a part of the trio for the Daytona 24 Hours subsequent month.

Wayne Taylor Racing has gained 4 of the final 5 Daytona 24 Hours races and misplaced out on final yr’s IMSA championship by solely a degree.

Stevens, who has spent a lot of the previous 5 years racing LMP2 equipment within the European Le Mans Collection and World Endurance Championship, described WTR as a workforce “I’ve admired for a few years now”.

“To lastly get to come back over right here and race with Wayne within the IMSA championship was a chance I wanted to take with each arms,” he stated.

“I came to visit to do a check at Daytona final week, which was attention-grabbing, to really feel the variations from the ORECA over in Europe to the [ORECA-based] Acura – the similarities they’ve but in addition the variations.

“The check was good, we managed to get by way of fairly a bit as a workforce and I felt at residence within the automobile fairly shortly.

“I used to be welcomed by the workforce in a short time and because the different drivers have stated, I’ve had relationships with all of them sooner or later. Alex I’ve recognized in all probability the most effective from our earlier experiences collectively. Filipe I’ve raced towards quite a bit over in Europe for the final 4 or 5 years. Ricky and I’ve at all times ran into one another at completely different race tracks.

“So to have the ability to be a part of that line-up that I do know has been super-successful previously, it’s an honour for me to affix them, and I hope I can deliver my expertise from Europe and slot in very well. From what we noticed on the check, that occurred actually shortly, and there’s no cause why we will’t proceed the success that the workforce’s had.”

#10: Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 Acura DPi, DPi: Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi

#10: Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 Acura DPi, DPi: Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Requested by Autosport concerning the greatest variations between his Panis Racing-run ORECA-Gibson and the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura, Stevens stated the latter’s turbo engine “was one of many greater issues to get used to” and defined that the Acura has “much more gadgets you need to use contained in the automobile”.

“The TC [traction control] is far more difficult, there’s much more adjustability that we will do by way of a lap and in addition by way of a stint, to assist tyre deg,” he stated.

“So there’s positively some issues that I’m used to and may carry over however each automobile’s completely different. Clearly over in Europe we’re utilizing Goodyear tyres and in IMSA it’s Michelins.

“For the primary few laps it felt fairly a bit completely different – you possibly can really feel the additional little bit of downforce the automobile has, and the way in which the facility is delivered is completely different. However the total automobile is fairly comparable and I felt snug inside a number of laps.

“The working we did was very productive. On the second day we had a little bit of rain, which occurred simply earlier than I received within the automobile, in order that made it somewhat bit tough. But it surely’s in all probability a blessing in disguise to get some working in all varieties of situations.

“I really feel like I’ve received sufficient information to this point to not less than have the ball rolling earlier than we get to the [pre-event] Roar [test] in a number of weeks.”

Ricky Taylor, two-time IMSA champion, praised his new team-mate, saying Stevens had been on his father’s want listing “for a very long time.”

“We’ve been large followers of his, watching him race in LMP2 in Europe over the previous few years,” he stated.

“You at all times wish to, as a driver, see what makes them particular, see how they do their job, how they go about their enterprise. We examined with Will final week and he met each expectation. It was actually attention-grabbing to see how he went about studying a brand new automobile.

“He didn’t get so many laps so he’ll be nonetheless figuring all of the loopy buttons on the steering wheel on the Roar, however I’m very excited to have everybody collectively and I feel this line up is as sturdy because it’s ever been within the #10 automobile.”

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