Team Hardpoint with two female drivers at Daytona

Team Hardpoint will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona with two male and two female drivers in the car.

The two full season drivers of the Porsche 911 GT3 R #88 throughout the 2021 season, Rob Ferriol and Earl Bamber, will be joined by Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen for the 24 hours race.

Legge and Nielsen know each very well, after having raced the 2019 season together at Heinricher Racing in an Acura NSX GT3 Evo. They were scheduled to have raced together again in 2020 for GEAR Racing in a Lamborghini. That program literally went up in flames, when the car burned at Daytona, with Christina behind the wheel. The two women started hunting down a new programme, but were hampered by a huge accident for Legge, who crashed an LMP2 car on a test day ahead of the European Le Mans Series, which sent her to a hospital with broken bones, and out for the rest of the 2020 season.

Nielsen has previously raced Porsche on several occasions. She did Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, but also raced Le Mans in a Porsche in 2018, and later on for Wright Motorsports in GTD in IMSA.

Team Hardpoint Porsche #88
Graphics: Team Hardpoint

Legge has previously driven a Porsche, but will surely get a lot of tips and tricks from her good mate Andy Lally, who has plenty of Porsche experience. Kat has driven pretty much everything on four wheels including DTM, Indycar and a Formula 1 car.

The press release is a bit cryptic, since it states that the two women will see that livery again in the future, which could point towards a second entry for the team, at selected rounds, later in the year.

While this is the second season for Team Hardpoint in the IMSA series, it will be the first in collaboration with Earl Bamber Motorsport, who will run in the Porsche car. The ran an Audi R8 LMS during their rookie season.

The four drivers will get their first run at Daytona this Friday, with test sessions ahead of qualifying on Saturday, and the Qualifying race on Sunday. The actual 24 hour race will be run next weekend, on 30-31 January 2021.

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