NTE Sport has verified their change from Audi to a new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo for a complete time in the GTD class of IMSA’s Weathertech Sportscar Championship with the return of four motorists who fashioned part of the team’s 2021 programme.
Don Yount, Benjamin Hites, Jaden Conwright, and Markus Palttala are all confirmed as motorists of the #42 entry but the crew will announce its total-year ideas and lineup at a later on date.
“I’ll be extremely fired up to get the race period officially begun,” said staff owner Paul Mata. “We’ve experienced a ton of relocating components around the training course of this limited off-time, and I’m very pleased of the application we’ve set jointly. We’re thrilled to get to function with Chris Ward and absolutely everyone at Lamborghini Squadra Corse, and just cannot wait to see what we can do with these kinds of a strong lineup. It’ll be a fantastic year!”
With the championship ending a month later than ordinary in November, the shortened off-time was a busy one particular for the Dallas-centered crew as they switched makers and put together a comprehensive-year energy for 2022. Working with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo supplied by Star-Spangled Racing, the group hustled to assemble their 2022 programs. Setting up on a sturdy 4-race debut in the IMSA WeatherTech 2021, NTE Activity will squander no time acquiring stride in the new equipment.
Don Yount is the sole NTE driver to have competed in the team’s complete four race programme final year and has a single win and ten podium finishes to his IMSA resume:
“I’m on the lookout forward to my seventh Rolex 24 At Daytona in a row,” stated Yount. “This could be the strongest lineup I have been concerned with for the 24 Hour and I’m energized to see what we can do with the NTE Lamborghini. It is fantastic to be again in the automobile with Markus following our fourth place Watkins Glen operate and Benjamin had a incredibly sturdy Petit Le Mans. Jaden will be all set as usually for further-prolonged stints. It’s a sturdy lineup with a new motor vehicle and we have a good deal to establish.”
Twenty-two-12 months-outdated Chilean driver Benjamin “Benja” Hites made his NTE Activity debut two months in the past at the period finale event, Petit Le Mans. He set in an remarkable qualifying functionality in his first-at any time IMSA WeatherTech celebration, placing a rapid pace to secure next spot in a field of fifteen autos inside .001 seconds of pole position, secured by the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini.
This year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona will be yet another to start with for the Chilean racer, although he has ample expertise in stamina racing in Europe. Lately regarded for his remarkable on-keep track of efficiency, Hites has been picked as a Lamborghini GT3 Junior Driver for 2022, a system made by Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s dedication to the development of youthful motorists.
“I’m very happy that I will take aspect in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the initially time,” said Hites. “It is a terrific hard work and I’m thankful to the NTE Sport group to give me the opportunity to push with them yet again. I know Jaden and Don, and I’m persuaded that with Markus Palttala, our No. 42 Lamborghini will be a podium contender.”
Jaden Conwright produced his IMSA debut final year at Watkins Glen Worldwide and quickly recognized himself as a mounting star to check out. In his initial IMSA WeatherTech qualifying session, Conwright place the #42 Audi R8 LMS in a third-place starting up position, grabbing the awareness of his fellow GTD competitors. Conwright’s powerful general performance in 2021 paid out off, and on January 6, IMSA announced the 22-calendar year-old not only turned the initially recipient of the IMSA Various Driver Development Scholarship, but he also is becoming a member of his co-driver Hites as a Lamborghini GT3 Junior Driver for the approaching season.
“It’s unquestionably a massive offer,” Conwright explained. “I’m super grateful and satisfied to be the 1st recipient of this scholarship. I’m just wanting forward to doing the job with everyone and attempting to make a thing that will be very long-term and anything that will help introduce more men and women into IMSA. I just can’t thank everybody from NTE Sport enough for the possibility to race with them yet again in 2022. Taking part in my initially Rolex 24 at Daytona and the very first 24-hour race of my job is a little something I anxiously seem forward to. It is been a chaotic and successful off-period, operating with IMSA and Lamborghini for the 1st time, but I can not wait to ultimately get the time commenced at a single of the world’s most premier stamina sportscar races! We experienced astounding pace at both equally Watkins Glen and Highway Atlanta, and I look ahead to sharing the automobile with Don, Benjamin, and Markus all over again, all jointly at Daytona.”
Markus Palttala will total the driver lineup, returning just after initially joining the staff past summertime at Watkins Glen Global. The workforce place in a potent run to the podium only to be thwarted in the remaining 15 minutes when get hold of from a speedier DPi class motor vehicle resulted in a slim fourth-location complete. The Finnish race vehicle driver retains 24 wins and 68 podium finishes, bringing his veteran understanding to the more recent race crew.
“I’m really joyful to rejoin NTE Sport right after a good initial weekend together at the Glen last June,” reported Palttala. “Daytona is 1 of the most significant sportscar races in the calendar and the best element is to start the season now in January when almost everything in Europe is still hibernating. I’ve in no way pushed a GT3 Lamborghini prior to but I have raced versus it plenty of instances to know that it is a pretty competitive race car or truck. It’s rather equivalent to the Audi the workforce was managing last year, so despite the fact that we are absolutely facing a steep studying curve, hitting the track for the initially time at the Roar, I’m assured we can target a prime consequence. It is the to start with time the four of us are sharing a vehicle, but all of us have now labored with the workforce. I’ve previously experienced a bunch of fantastic success with Don, Jaden was super at the Glen and the team really appreciated Benjamin at Petit, so I imagine we have a sturdy driver line-up in GTD. I simply cannot wait around to head to Florida and get the undertaking started off at the Roar!”