Hawksworth hopes his Sebring test “turned a few heads”

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Indy Lights driver Jack Hawksworth was eyeing last week’s IndyCar testing at Sebring International Raceway as an opportunity to bolster his chances of earning a drive in the 2014 IndyCar Series championship. He may have done just that.

Hawksworth ran with Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing during the sessions and looked sharp, reportedly posting the second-fastest time among those running a 2013-spec single-turbo engine. According to DCR engineer John Dick, the young Englishman logged 89 laps around the Sebring short course.

“Jack’s feedback was also impressive given his relative inexperience with an IndyCar and almost no history with this particular team’s chassis set-up,” Dick said before declaring that Hawksworth was as good as “any of the current Top-5 championship drivers” in regards to getting the most out of a given set-up.

“In conclusion, he would be a valuable asset to Dale Coyne Racing,” he said.

That had to be music to Hawksworth’s ears after he did what he could to impress the paddock in the final tests of 2013. Drawing upon lessons learned from his first IndyCar test with Rahal Letterman Lanigan this past fall, he felt he was able to get into a rhythm with the car much more quickly.

“Hopefully, my performance turned a few heads and made people sit up and take note,” he said. “There are six weeks before official pre-season testing begins, so it’s up to us to try and make something happen between now and then to secure a place on the 2014 IndyCar starting grid. That’s the goal, and we’re working absolutely flat-out to achieve it.”

Hawksworth won at St. Petersburg, Toronto and Baltimore this past season in Lights before finishing fourth in the series championship for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.