2018 IMSA Prototype runner up CORE autosport has confirmed that it will continue to race with its #54 ORECA 07 Gibson in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in the new LMP2 class.
In 2018, the team scored racked up two poles, firve podiums and two victories en route to second in the standings with its ORECA and full-season drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett. Next year though, the team will not be gunning for the overall title due to the organisers opting to split the Prototype class into DPi and LMP2.
“In 2018, CORE autosport debuted in the top Prototype class with a new Gibson powered ORECA 07 LMP2,” CORE owner and driver Jon Bennett said. “We were cautiously optimistic, recalling our successful history with the ORECA FLM09 in Prototype Challenge, but we started our season with an empty engineering notebook and some stout factory-supported DPi competition.
“By mid season, CORE autosport was competing toe-to-toe with our quickest competitors. After the midpoint of the season, podiums were common and we began winning as a team. Meticulous preparation and an ORECA racecar built for endurance propelled us to the top of the standings and within a whisker of winning the 2018 WeatherTech Championship.
“Turning the page to 2019, the CORE autosport squad will fixate our efforts on winning the new LMP2 Championship and scrap with some familiar rivals. It will be excellent racing.”
The team has confirmed that a move to the DPi category in 2019 was explored, but ultimately a season in LMP2 with its current car was “considered in the best interest of the team”.
“After achieving overall wins this season we looked at every opportunity to stay in IMSA’s top class,” CORE COO Morgan Brady said. “We were unable to find a path to a DPi program that would operate at the level we wanted. We will continue to look at options for a future DPi program, but we look forward to the strong competition in the new LMP2 class.”