Sean Creech Motorsport Pushes Forward with IMSA 2024 Preparations
Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) recently completed a second productive test session at the Sebring International Raceway in their quest to prepare for the IMSA 2024 season. The team, which had previously conducted a shakedown at the Daytona International Speedway, continued their testing activities at the renowned Sebring circuit, home to the famous IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring race.
Looking ahead to the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, SCM has confirmed Lancey Wilson and Joao Barbosa as full-season drivers. However, the drivers for SCM’s Endurance Cup and Daytona 24 Hours entry are yet to be announced.
Despite weather interruptions, the team managed to complete 213 laps without any trouble across two days of testing the #33 Ligier JS P217. Wilson commended the capabilities of the Ligier, but noted that it presented unique challenges compared to the P3, requiring a significant adjustment in muscle memory for factors such as brake points and throttle applications. Wilson expressed confidence in SCM’s solid team and the engineering support provided by Ligier.
SCM’s loyalty to the Ligier brand has been evident over the past five years, as they prepare to transition from LMP3 to LMP2 machinery in the upcoming season.
The test at Sebring aimed to familiarize the engineers and drivers with the setup and differences from the Ligier JS P320 LMP3. Although a low-pressure forecast hampered progress, the team managed to complete 10 hours of driving time without any issues.
Wilson described the test as a steady progression in developing the car, with a focus on understanding its nuances. He praised the team for flawlessly rebuilding the car and highlighted their ability to conduct fuel and tire runs all day without encountering any problems. Wilson expressed satisfaction with the progress made during the test and emphasized that there is still much to learn about the car.
Barbosa, a four-time winner of the Daytona 24, lauded the team’s hard work and acknowledged the positive results obtained during the test. He expressed excitement about the upcoming test in Daytona, which will provide further insights into their performance.
Team Principal Sean Creech praised the reliability and strategy that will be crucial in endurance races. The trouble-free 10-hour test at Sebring demonstrated the car’s strength, proving that the track could not uncover any weaknesses. Creech commended the exceptional work done by the crew on the car and considered it a solid start to the 2024 season.
SCM’s next step will be participating in the official IMSA Daytona test, scheduled for 6-7 December. The LMP2 cars will take to the circuit in preparation for the 24-hour season-opener on 27-28 January.
As the team continues their preparations, the focus remains on fine-tuning their machinery and honing their skills to achieve success in the highly competitive world of IMSA racing.