Nicky Catsburg will chase the new mid-engined #3 Corvette C8.R in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2020 afterwards abutting the architect for the series’ three ability races.
Catsburg, who charcoal a BMW branch driver, will abutment the #3 car’s full-season agency of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor at the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
His accession brings Mike Rockenfeller’s four-year spell with the aggregation to an end, and is Corvette’s added change of cadre – with Taylor replacing Jan Magnussen full-time in the #3 entry.
The #4 agency of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, accurate by Marcel Fassler at the enduros, is banausic for a fifth beeline year.
“I am acutely blessed to be abutting Corvette Racing,” said Catsburg.
“Corvette is an iconic cast which has been assuming abundant after-effects throughout the years. I accept consistently looked up to the aggregation while antagonism adjoin them in some of the IMSA contest I did.
“The disciplinarian line-ups accept commonly been acutely able and consistent. To now be able to be a allotment of that makes me absolutely proud.”
Catsburg, a Spa 24 Hours champ with BMW, has two Le Mans 24 Hours starts to his name with the German marque from the 2018/19 World Ability Championship superseason.
He collection a antecedent bearing Corvette C7.R cars for again GTE Am band Larbre Competition at the 2016 Le Mans analysis day, admitting did not chase for the aggregation that year, and additionally fabricated three FIA GT1 starts in a C6.R in 2011.
Corvette has not appear its agency for Le Mans, but the DTM’s clashing Anderstorp annular agency Rockenfeller will not be available, advertence Catsburg and Fassler will be Corvette’s added drivers for the WEC dejected riband annular in June.
As able-bodied as application his role in BMW’s branch roster, Catsburg – who was butterfingers from the World Touring Car Cup division afterpiece at Sepang aftermost weekend afore it had started – is in band to abide a Hyundai disciplinarian in WTCR in 2020.
BMW disciplinarian Catsburg joins Corvette enduro line-up
Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours champ Fassler, who won Daytona and Sebring with Gavin and Milner in 2016, said: “I am actual blessed to be aback with Corvette Antagonism for addition season.
“It’s abundant to accept such a acceptable accord and teamwork aural this programme. It is one of the things that sets Corvette Antagonism afar from added teams.
“It’s agitative to be with Corvette Antagonism every year, but this one will be added agreeable with the new C8.R.”
Chevrolet’s carnality admiral of achievement and motorsports Jim Campbell said Catsburg and Fassler would be “valuable members” of Corvette’s aggregation in 2020.
“These additions accord Corvette Antagonism a able calendar for the top ability contest in the IMSA GT Le Mans championship – Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans,” he said.
“The accreditation of Nicky Catsburg and Marcel Fassler allege for themselves.”
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