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Hartley Joins Starworks In Austin
Big DP Entry For First COTA Race

Starworks have confirmed that they will be running two Riley Ford Daytona Prototypes at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series’ inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin this weekend, and that New Zealand racer Brendon Hartley will be joining Scott Mayer behind the wheel of the #8.

“I am delighted to be racing with Starworks Motorsport in the Rolex Series,” said Hartley. “The team is one of the best I have ever worked with and won many races in Grand-Am. It really is a great opportunity for me and I enjoyed getting to grips with the DP car at Daytona. I have loved my few experiences of racing in America and can't wait to tackle the track at Austin alongside Scott and all the Starworks boys.”

Starworks regulars Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel will share the #2 Riley, with the team’s two cars taking the number of DPs entered for the race to 16 – the largest class entry for a ‘regular’ race since the 2009 season.

“Brendon did a fantastic job at the 24 getting used to driving a Daytona Prototype," said team owner Pater Baron. "We had a nagging gearbox problem in the practice sessions that did not allow him to get up to speed. But in the race he finally had some good runs which gave him enough laps to match the pace of our sister car with established DP drivers. This experience should set up Brendon nicely for COTA.

“Brendon's other job is a simulator/test driver at Mercedes AMG F1 and he has had some sim time driving the COTA circuit. Daytona, with the limited practice and all the experienced drivers, is a bit more like getting thrown to the wolves for a rookie. For COTA he should have a chance to get more used to the team, work with the engineers more closely and get a shot at showing his true colours. We have some high expectations for Brendon this race.”