Duncan Tappy to race Rollcentre Pescarolo
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
Martin Short brings BRDC Superstar Duncan an LMP1 chance at the Monza 1000km
Versatility is proving to be Duncan’s forte and his latest opportunity is a drive in one of the leading Le Mans prototype cars. Duncan will drive the Rollcentre team’s Pescarolo – the car that finished fourth at Le Mans last year behind the Pescarolo and Peugeot factory teams. Duncan will drive the 630bhp car in the1000km/ 6 hour race with Martin Short, Rollcentre team owner, and Vanina Ickx.
Rollcentre’s regular driver Joao Barbosa will miss the Monza race, the second in the Le Mans Seriescalendar, due to a clashing GrandAm race commitment. Martin decided to use the seat vacancy to give a young driver a step up the motor racing ladder and as a BRDC member called upon BRDC Superstars Director Tim Harvey for help in his choice.
Since winning the 2007 Formula Renault UK title Duncan has taken to the track in an impressively broad range of cars. He spent two days testing with World Series by Renault and has gone on to test a Porsche Carrera Cup car in preparation for a guest appearance at the Thruxton round next month where he will compete against Tim Harvey himself. He dominated his first round of the Time Attack series in the Autosportif Subaru Impreza and has now represented his country twice as rookie driver for A1 Team Great Britain.
Martin Short, Rollcentre team owner, said: “”In Joao’s absence I wanted to give a young British talent a chance. Tim Harvey was my first port of call as director of the Superstars programme.
“I’m a BRDC member so was keen to add my support. One of our 2007 drivers, Stuart Hall, is a Superstar too. Tim recommended Duncan and he seems to fit what I’m looking for. He’s a fighter and has done it the hard way.”
Tim Harvey, Director, BRDC Superstars, added: “I’m delighted that Superstars has been able to help Duncan. This is what the Superstars programme is all about. He fully deserves this opportunity and I’m sure he’ll make the most of it.”
Duncan Tappy said: “I’m very excited. I’m very grateful to Martin for giving me this opportunity and to Tim for his support. I’m very fortunate to be able to benefit from the Superstars programme. I knew I’d get support and advice but to get a drive as good as this is way beyond my expectations.
“It’s going to be very different from any racing I’ve done before. The car has power steering but even so it will be very demanding physically but that’s what I train for. I’m not used to pit stops and driver changes so I’ll be making the most of every opportunity to practice. ”
Live action from the track will be shown on Eurosport and Motors TV
For more information please contact Pippa Neilson on pn@squashlimited or +44 7968 564660