WEC LMP2 star Rast gets first shot at outright Daytona 24 Hours win

World Endurance Championship LMP2 star Rene Rast has joined Visit Florida Racing for his first attempt at overall Daytona 24 Hours victory

WEC LMP2 star Rast gets first shot at outright Daytona 24 Hours win

Rast joins Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande in VFR's Gibson-powered Riley Mk.30 in the top category for the IMSA SportsCar Championship opener.

The 30-year-old German has twice won the event's GTD class with Magnus Racing.

"It is an amazing feeling to know that in a few days I will be back at Daytona," said Rast, who will get his first taste of the car in this week's 'Roar Before the 24' test.

"The Rolex 24 is one of my favourite races during the year and I can't wait for the action to begin.

"I have won the Rolex 24 now two times but not overall. My big dream was always to one day win it overall.

"Being part of a great team like Visit Florida Racing is a big honour and for sure it will bring a big smile to my face doing my first laps in their car.

"I followed the team over the past couple of years and always felt that they were one of the best teams, so I'm very proud to be part of this effort."

Team owner Troy Flis added: "We are very excited to have a guy like Rene join our Visit Florida line up.

"He is quick and has a lot of valuable experience for us to tap into as we get ready for our first race with this Riley LMP2.

"I think he'll fit right in with Marc and Renger so we are excited to get going with our new car this week here at the Roar."

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