Thomas joins Daytona squad for B12HR

Round 3 of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup

Dylan Thomas will join the Daytona Sportscar team’s driver lineup for next year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in a two car Invitational Class assault.

The Sydney-sider, who finished third in this year’s Toyota 86 Racing Series, will compete alongside car owner, Jamie Augustine and Victorian Sports Car Championship competitor Rhys Howell in the Melbourne outfit’s Chevrolet-powered Daytona Coupe.

Meanwhile, in the team’s Dodge Viper Competition will be former Super2 Series winner, Adam Macrow, Ben Schoots and V8 Touring Car Series driver Michael Caine.

The squad finalised it’s driver lineup after a test day at Phillip Island last month.

“I’m pretty excited to be a part of the 12 Hour again,” Thomas told Paddock Pass Media.

“It’s a big event and it’s gotten bigger and bigger every year, so I wasn’t sure whether the opportunity would come past my door again, and it has and clearly I was able to jump at it.

“The Viper I think is going to be an easier car to get the time out all day, whereas, the limited driving I got in the Daytona (at the test day), that car is going to be more rewarding overall.

“To get the maximum out of it I think you’ll need to drive it harder, so I think you will get out your stints in the race and really know you’ve done an endurance stint.”

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Thomas also outlined CXC Global Racing’s plans for 2018, with the squad set to run in the Toyota 86 Racing Series again, as well as commitments in other events and categories.

“Next year we’ll run the Toyota 86s for a second year, we’ll probably be at the Bathurst 6 Hour and now the Bathurst 12 Hour and we’ll run the Formula Vees again, so plenty of seat time in 2018,” he concluded.

The Daytona Sportscar team will run another test day in mid January before the Bathurst 12 Hour, which takes place from February 2-4.