AMABA winner Hoggard to make sportscar debut at Daytona 24 Hours

Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award winner Johnathan Hoggard will make his sportscar racing debut in an LMP2 car at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.Hoggard’s drive in a Rick Ware Racing Riley Multimatic LMP2 car is his prize for winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, eligible to drivers competing in the BRDC British F3 and British GT championships.For the past 11 years the Sunoco Whelen Challenge has come with a seat at Daytona, the opening round of the IMSA Sportscar Championship.The 18-year-old scored a season-high seven victories and pole positions in British F3, as well as eight fastest laps on his way to the runner-up spot behind Clement Novalak, who he beat to the prize drive by having a higher average score across each round.Hoggard’s opportunity with NASCAR squad RWR, which has expanded into prototype racing in the Asian Le Mans Series this year, comes after 2018 BRDC British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist raced a GTD Lamborghini Huracan for the Precision Performance Motorsport team for his prize this year.Previously, British GT champions Seb Morris, Stuart Middleton and Jonny Adam have raced in the top prototype class with Action Express Racing.Hoggard, whose only previous experience in sportscars came when he tested the Ligier JSP3 and Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the AMABA tests, will share with Indianapolis 500 regular James Davison and RWR’s Asian LMS pairing of Cody Ware and Mark Kvamme.IMSA’s LMP2 class was separated from the premier DPi class last year, with the lineups required to include at least one amateur-graded driver and, unlike the manufacturer modified bodywork and powertrains, use the standard Gibson V8 engine and bodywork package.The Riley Multimatic forms the basis for the race-winning Mazda DPi, but has had little success in global LMP2 competition since its introduction in 2017, with ORECA and Ligier largely dominating the market.It’s best result in IMSA to date is the third place scored by the Visit Florida Racing crew at the 24 Hours in 2017.