CORE Autosport Retains Drivers
ROCK HILL, S.C. – CORE Autosport founder Jon Bennett will again join forces with young American racing star Colin Braun, ready to tackle some unfinished business behind the wheel of the No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 for the upcoming 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season.
In 2012, Bennett and Braun finished second in the ALMS Prototype Challenge (PC) driver’s championship behind the wheel of the No. 05 machine and the duo – along with race engineer Gary Davies – will not be content with anything but first place for what is to be the last-ever ALMS season.
Rejoining the team effort is driver Mark Wilkins, who will be co-driving with the duo for the two longest races of the year – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 10-hour or 1000-mile Petit Le Mans.
Bennett had a strong run in 2011, the first year for the Rock Hill, SC-based team, but it wasn’t until motorsports phenom Braun joined the team in 2012 when the No. 05 team realized its potential. For the 10 races in the 2012 season, the pair finished on the podium seven times, scoring three wins – the first one ever for the No. 05 at Laguna Seca, followed by two more at Lime Rock and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Braun also scored two pole positions (Mosport and VIR).
These strong results aided CORE autosport to claim its second consecutive team championship and landed Bennett and Braun in the second spot in the ALMS PC driver standings.
Davies, race engineer for CORE autosport and a strategist for the No. 05 team, was the linchpin for the lineup’s success. Davies was also a newcomer to the team at the beginning of 2012, having spent years in European open-wheel racing. He immediately clicked with the drivers and team and found speed and stability in the ORECA FLM09 platform, which he will continue to refine in 2013.
Wilkins rejoins the team after debuting in the sister #06 CORE autosport machine at the 2012 Petit Le Mans. He has years of sports car and endurance racing experience, and has competed against Braun as the two worked their way up the racing ladder.
Drivers for the No. 06 CORE autosport entry, which won five races in the 2012 season and the ALMS PC class driver’s championship, are currently being evaluated.