Sean Creech Motorsports introduced Sunday morning (Jan. 10) that they may compete full-time within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s LMP3 class in 2021. Lance Willsey, who has pushed for the staff for years in IMSA Prototype Problem, will transfer up with the staff. He’ll be joined by veteran Joao Barbosa for the complete yr. Wayne Boyd and Yann Clairay may also be within the automotive for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Sean Creech-owned staff can be fielding a Ligier JS P320-Nissan and retain the No. 33 that they’ve used for years in Prototype Problem.
“I’ve recognized of Joao [Barbosa] and his success for a few years and once we came upon he was out there, it was a no brainer to achieve out and see if he was ,” Willsey mentioned in a press launch. “Regardless of the restricted testing we’ve had with the brand new automotive, his insights and expertise have been invaluable to get us stepping into the suitable route to completely perceive the automotive. Having this driver lineup, mixed with Sean’s expertise and every thing that Mark Schomann and Kevin Doran carry it is a nice nucleus of individuals.”
Willsey has by no means raced full-time within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, however has 4 earlier WeatherTech begins, all within the GT Daytona class. His greatest end was tenth in school in 2016 in a Lamborghini for Konrad Motorsport. Courting again to 2007, he has 10 appearances within the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 top-level sports activities automotive begins, all of which got here at Daytona.
In Barbosa, Sean Creech Motorsports will get a longtime veteran driver. Barbosa has raced prototypes full-time since 2010, however was quietly let go from JDC-Miller MotorSports late in 2020. For the reason that Grand-Am/ALMS merger, Barbosa has two championships (2014 and 2015) with Motion Specific Racing and 10 victories. He had six extra victories within the Rolex Sports activities Automotive Sequence’ Daytona Prototypes previous to the merger. The plan is for Barbosa to be a steadying presence.
“I labored with Sean again once I was racing a Porsche GT2 (for Mike Colucci Racing) and we at all times saved in contact by way of the years,” Barbosa mentioned. “Each time we’d catch up, we’d speak about working collectively as we at all times had a great relationship. So once I was testing at Daytona final yr, we had been speaking once more, however this time every thing fell into place! So it’s actually thrilling for me to have the ability to get to race for Sean in spite of everything these years of speaking about it. I need to thank Lance and Sean for having me be a part of this system and I’m wanting ahead to teaming up with Lance. He’s passionate and really aggressive, and Sean has put some very skilled individuals in place so this program has all the chance to be aggressive that you might ask for.”
In Boyd and Clairay, the staff is getting a few skilled drivers. Boyd has raced full-time within the European Le Mans Sequence for United Autosports. He’s the defending champion within the LMP3 class, scoring three victories and incomes 4 podium finishes in 5 races.
Clairay is a recognized amount to Sean Creech Motorsports, having beforehand raced for the staff in 2018 when it was nonetheless below the banner of Excessive Pace Motorsports. Clairay, teamed with Kris Wright, received at Barber Park on debut. That was adopted up with a second-place end at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. These runs helped information Wright, who can be full-time within the Tenting World Truck Sequence in 2021, to the 2018 IMSA Prototype Problem offered by Mazda championship.
Outdoors of IMSA, Clairay’s most notable success was profitable within the FIA GT1 World Championship again in 2010 in an Aston Martin DBR9 and ending second in GT1 at Le Mans in 2009 for Luc Alphand Adventures in a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R.
The staff has additionally acquired the companies of Kevin Doran to move up engineering. Doran is a longtime fixture within the sport, courting again to the Eighties with groups comparable to Moretti Racing. He owned his personal staff in Grand-Am competitors (Doran Racing) and received the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Dallara chassis. In a while, he designed his personal Daytona Prototype chassis, the Doran JE4.