SUGDEN STARTS 2008 SEASON IN AMERICA
Following his Asian Championship winning programme in 2007 Tim Sugden will start his 2008 season flying out in the other direction as he races in the 46th Rolex Daytona 24 Hours in Florida USA.
Tim is part of a star studded line up of drivers entered by The Racers Group (TRG) team in the Rolex 24 on January 25/27. The team has entered a massive 7 cars in the GT class of the race, all Porsche GT3 Cup cars and the entry is being assisted by Porsche who are loaning their factory drivers to the team. Entered among the factory squad is Emmanuel Collard, Tim's 2005 driving partner from their successful campaign with GruppeM although it seems they will not share a car on this occasion. The top drivers will be split among the 7 cars and with Tim in car 64 will be Johannes Van Overbeeck the winner in 2007 of the Porsche International Cup, a trophy won by Tim in 2005. TRG have won this race twice before and are considered among the favourites this year. Two new 998 cars have been bought, one of which has been allocated to Tim's squad.
Testing gets underway this coming weekend and Tim took a flight to Orlando on Wednesday morning for the 3 day programme that includes the "Roar before the Rolex 24 Fan Fest" on Saturday when race fans will be able to watch the testing and attend autograph sessions at the Daytona International Speedway. The track uses part of the famous Tri-oval with its 18 degree banking plus an infield section to make up the 3.56 mile road course. The circuit is also well known for the Daytona 500 for NASCAR stock cars and long distance motorcycle races. The race itself will be held on January 26/27th and televised in the UK through British Eurosport 2
Tim's full 2008 programme is not yet finalised but he has to return for the Racing Car show at the NEC next week when further information may be available.
-credit: david sugden