Sandy Mitchell ready to live American dream

Forfar racer Sandy Mitchell is off to the StatesForfar racer Sandy Mitchell is off to the States
Forfar racer Sandy Mitchell is off to the States
Endurance racer Sandy Mitchell will make his debut in America’s blue riband 24-hour race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, later this month.

It will also mark his first appearance in the USA’s prestigious IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

The news comes hot on the heels of the 21-year-old from Forfar finishing fifth, just 0.602secs off fourth, in the second running of the Virtual Le Mans 24-Hours.

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Mitchell, who did multiple stints throughout the 24-hour race, also took the final 60-minute stint in the number 49 Oreca LMP2 car run by top United Arab Emirates racing team, Yas Heat, closing a 25 second gap to the fourth placed car to less than a second at the chequered flag.

Now Mitchell heads to Florida believing his new American team has the potential to mix it at the front of the gruelling race at Daytona.

He will partner Lamborghini development driver Corey Lewis, and fellow Americans Jeff Westphal and Robert Megennis in the number 39 Peregrine Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The crew will contest the ultra-competitive GTD class in the 61-car field of the 60th running of the Daytona on January 29/30.“I feel we have a strong line-up for the GTD class,” Mitchell said.

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“It’s always a great feeling going into a 24 hour race, and with our line-up we head to the start line prepared to win.

"We know in a 24 hour race anything can happen, but a good bit of strategy at the right time, allied to good pace, can propel you to be one of the main contenders.

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