TUSC: Henzler, J-F Dumoulin join Magnus for Rolex 24

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Magnus Racing has brought in Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and Jean-Francois Dumoulin to help team regulars John Potter and Andy Lally take their No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America to GTD class victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.

With the additions of Henzler and Dumoulin, the Magnus driving stable for Daytona now has a combined nine previous Rolex 24 victories.

“Looking at the [Roar Before the Rolex 24] time sheets, the GTD category is going to be incredibly close so it’s great to have such a fantastic lineup in the car,” Magnus owner Potter said in a statement.

“We’ve never had a lineup in which everyone has come in with previous victories, and it may prove to be crucial. There are so many entries that have a shot at this race, we wanted to make sure we were as stacked as possible.”

Henzler and Dumoulin both have a pair of past Rolex wins on their resume, with Henzler’s most recent one in 2011 coming as a teammate to Lally. After Daytona, Henzler will return to his regular post as a driver for Team Falken Tire in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans category.

Dumoulin, who won his Rolex titles in 2004 and 2007, competed in last year’s Rolex for Park Place Motorsports, helping the team finish 14th in the GT class. The two-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge champion has also kept a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in recent seasons.

“It is very impressive what Magnus Racing has achieved in a very short amount of time,” he said in his own thoughts. “Even though I’m new to the team, I’ve known a lot of the guys here for some time, so I already feel at home.

“The GTD class is looking extremely tight, but this team has proven their ability to compete with anyone over the last few years. I look forward to contributing my part.”

Potter and Lally narrowly lost out on winning the final GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT crown last season, defeated by Alessandro Balzan by a slim, 10-point margin.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.