A week after the announcement of the trio who will drive the roaring Corvette Z06 GT3.R #81 in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship season, TF Sport reveals the full line-up of its other American purebred: it will be Hiroshi Koizumi, Sébastien Baud and Daniel Juncadella who will race in the Corvette Z06 GT3.R #82 during the next FIA WEC campaign.
The mighty Z06 GT3.R, ready to make its way in the newly created GT3 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, will count on the skills of Hiroshi Koizumi. The Japanese driver, born in Kanagawa in 1969, has a wealth of experience: he started his career in Formula races and, after winning the National Class of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2014, he switched to GT3 cars and finished second in the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2023. After getting a taste of the FIA World Endurance Championship by racing in the 6 Hours of Fuji 2023, Koizumi is ready to take a step forward by participating in his first full season in the FIA WEC.
It will instead be a debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Sébastien Baud. The talented young Frenchman, born in 2000 in Annecy, began his racing career with GT cars, before returning to GT racing in 2022 with a double programme in the GT Open and in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe. After participating in both series of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS in 2023 and finishing in second place in the Endurance Cup Bronze, Baud is looking forward to making his first appearance in the 2024 season of the FIA WEC.
The Japanese and the Frenchman will be joined by Dani Juncadella, one of two pro drivers supplied by Corvette Racing for the next FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. Juncadella, born in Barcelona in 1991, will join the ranks of TF Sport bringing his speed, talent and experience: in 2011 he won the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, in 2012 he won the title in both the Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 and, after being a test driver for several F1 teams, he moved to DTM and GT racing always delivering great and solid performances. Dani is ready to join his team-mates in the new and mesmerising Corvette Z06 GT3.R, and with good reason: the start of the 2024 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship is less and less away!
Hiroshi Koizumi, TF Sport Driver:
“I am really proud to work with such experienced drivers like Daniel and Sébastien. I am looking forward to team up with Daniel Juncadella, winner of Macau and a successful DTM driver: it will definitely be a new opportunity for me. We will do our best to be the number one driver package in the GT3 class”.
Sébastien Baud, TF Sport Driver:
“I am so excited to know that I am making a childhood dream come true! It is an honour to join a successful team like TF Sport in the WEC. I will be driving a Corvette Z06 GT3.R, a car that marked my inspiration in the 24 Hours of Le Mans! I am looking forward to work with my more experienced teammates, from whom I will be able to learn even more, especially from Dani. Thanks to the team for the trust!”.
Daniel Juncadella, TF Sport and Corvette factory driver:
“It's going to be an exciting season: it will be the first opportunity to race in the FIA WEC and to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which makes it all so special. New team, new brand, new car, new teammates, everything is a new challenge and it's really exciting. I am stoked to get to know the team well, to get to know Hiroshi during testing at the start of the season and also Seb, who I already know a little bit. I'm very keen to team up with them and get to work from day one: I hope we will have a strong season!”.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director:
“We are very pleased to announce our full line-up for the 2024 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship. It's time to welcome Hiroshi, Sébastien and Daniel to the team: we are convinced that, together with the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R, they are a squad capable of achieving great results”.