Magnus Racing will move from the Audi R8 LMS GT3 it has used since 2016 to Lamborghini’s Huracan GT3 model when the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season gets under way. With the Italian version of the machine, which is based on the German model the team is leaving behind, Magnus will have the same car Paul Miller Racing (pictured above with Magnus Audi) used to win IMSA’s GT Daytona championship in 2018.
Although the John Potter-owned outfit will race with a new manufacturer, continuity will be maintained in the cockpit aas he continues to share driving duties with Andy Lally in the No. 44 entry.
“It’s great to move forward with everyone at Lamborghini Squadra Corse,” Potter said. “The performance of the Lamborghini over the past several seasons is well documented, and it will be nice to compete with them rather than against them in 2019.
“Since our first meeting, we’ve been remarkably impressed with the attention to customer service and clear communication, which instills a lot of confidence in the future of our working relationship. In particular, I’d really like to thank Giorgio Sanna and Chris Ward for being as responsive as they have, with an organization like ours it’s extremely refreshing.”
With the loss of Magnus, the Land Motorsport team could serve as Audi’s primary carryover in GTD, and strong rumors of one or more additions to the R8 LMS GT3 family could be confirmed in the coming weeks.
“We’re of course appreciative of our last three years with Audi Sport customer racing,” Potter added. “We’re proud of the achievement we all had together, and of course Audi will always have a place in our team’s history, and are thankful their support through the years.”
Lamborghini’s racing boss is thankful to have another powerful entrant in its stable.
“We are very excited to have the team at Magnus Racing join us for 2019,” Sanna said. “The team has a great on-track endurance record going back to their multiple Rolex 24 At Daytona wins, multiple championships, and of course Sebring win as well, but they also have an off-track approach that is very unique. We look forward to working closer together, and are happy to be part of the family and fun atmosphere that the team has created.”
After watching the PMR team defeat all comers in GTD as the sole Lamborghini representative, Lally is confident in the package Magnus will have at its disposal.
“Moving in to 2019 with Lamborghini is a great move forward for the team,” Lally said. “We’ve of course been driving against their cars for the last several years and they’ve had a great package, so I’m excited to finally get behind the wheel with next year’s EVO. There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but we’re confident we can get up to speed quickly and regain the form we know we’re capable of.”