Van Gisbergen receives surprise Daytona 24 call up

Shane Van Gisbergen gearing up for Daytona 24 Hour start

Shane Van Gisbergen gearing up for Daytona 24 Hour start

Shane Van Gisbergen is a surprise inclusion on the entry list for the traditional ‘Roar Before the 24’ curtain raiser for the prestigious Rolex Daytona 24 Hours.

The 24-year-old Kiwi has been listed as the fourth driver for Alex Job Racing in the #22 Porsche 911 GT America.

He is expected to drive alongside American’s Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen and Canadian LP Dumoulin.

The multiple V8 Supercars race winner joins fellow Kiwis Richie Stanaway and Earl Bamber, who are driving for Aston Martin Racing and Muehiner Motorsports in the GTLM and GTD categories respectively.

When contacted by Speedcafe.com, Van Gisbergen was unable to confirm he will be making his debut at famous Daytona endurance event, however he has since declared on his twitter account that he is testing this weekend.

The Roar Before the 24 test, taking place from January 3-5, is the first official meeting of the newly formed United Sportscar Championship.

The championship, owned by the France family, was formed as a result of a merger between the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the GRAND-AM Series.

The first free practice season at the Daytona International Speedway has been completed with van Gisbergen’s Porsche squad third fastest in the GTD class with a 1.48.676s.

The Meuhiner Motorsport’s entry of fellow New Zealander Bamber was 10th quickest in class.

The Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi was quickest overall with a time of 1.38.630s.

David Brabham was the top Australian as his Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD prototype was sixth fastest.

Experienced LMP2 driver, Queenslander John Martin, is lining up for the #9 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype squad with Brian and Burt Frisselle.

The Corvette was 13th quickest overall in the opening free practice session.

Sydney-born Indycar star, Ryan Briscoe, driving for the works Corvette Racing squad, was second in the GTLM class, while Stanaway was sixth in the same category.

Melbourne’s James Davison, competing in the #007 TGR-AMR Aston Martin, didn’t post a time.

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