After their initial dip into the FIA World Endurance Championship at the American round in Austin’s Circuit of the Americas in September, the pair of Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03bs are headed to Shanghai this weekend for their first overseas race in the WEC.
It’s a potential exploratory effort for the team, which has not confirmed either a full season TUDOR United SportsCar Championship or WEC program in 2015. The Tequila Patron-backed team will run the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup in the TUDOR Championship for sure.
“I’m so excited to be going to Shanghai to race in the WEC,” said Ed Brown, Patron Spirits CEO and one of the drivers of the team’s No. 31 entry. “I really look forward to driving with my teammate Johannes and honored to be driving with David. This is going to be such a great experience for the entire ESM Patrón team. Johannes and I will learn the track as fast as we can to ensure we’re up to speed on the circuit. We’ll leverage David’s knowledge of the track to help us get our heads wrapped around the circuit.”
Brown will share the No. 31 with usual co-driver Johannes van Overbeek and David Brabham, back in a car for the first time since Sebring earlier this year. Meanwhile Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and Ricardo Gonzalez will be in the No. 30.
Added Dalziel: “After COTA we feel confident in going to Shanghai and having both cars compete for the win. We learned a lot at COTA both on- and off- track and I think goals are a double podium this weekend. We’re strong enough and have the right combination of drivers and machinery to get it done.”
Practice has been underway today with the race later this weekend.