Hawksworth and Barnicoat powered the VS Lexus workforce to second on this yr’s GTD Professional standings on the power of two wins, 4 different podium finishes and two pole positions. Success included glory within the prestigious Petit Le Mans, together with IndyCar racer Kyle Kirkwood.
Barnicoat completed second in standings and even Hawksworth clinched sixth regardless of lacking two races on account of an damage in a coaching accident.
Subsequent yr will mark Hawksworth’s seventh season with Lexus and fifth with Vasser Sullivan, and the 31-year-old has earned a complete of eight wins and 16 podiums within the final 4 seasons piloting the #14 Lexus RC F GT3.
Hawksworth mentioned: “The goal is to win the championship, however the competitors will solely get more durable. We might want to proceed to enhance and transfer ahead as a workforce and produce our ‘A’ recreation each weekend if we’re to make this a actuality.
“It is nice to be again alongside Ben once more and the remainder of the Vasser Sullivan workforce. We’re up for the battle!”
For Barnicoat, will probably be his second season with the Vasser Sullivan workforce. Alongside together with his two GTD Professional victories, the 25-year-old was additionally victorious in GTD with Kirkwood at Detroit in June.
#14 VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat
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“I’m thrilled to formally announce that I’ll be again with Lexus Racing, Vasser Sullivan and Jack for the 2023 IMSA season!” Barnicoat mentioned.
“I liked being part of the household now we have right here, and we achieved wonderful issues collectively, so to enter the subsequent season with that continuity is nice. Teaming up with Jack once more for the complete season will give us an ideal driver line-up to go for the general title.”
Workforce principals Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan added: “We’ve a mantra that Vasser Sullivan is constructed not purchased. Jack has been a rock-solid cornerstone of constructing Vasser Sullivan Lexus right into a championship contender. Ben joined us final season and shortly made some noise.
“Collectively Jack and Ben push us to be our greatest, and beginning with the Rolex 24 subsequent month, we’re able to assault the GTD Professional championship with these two.”
The endurance race extras for the #14 shall be introduced within the subsequent two weeks. As in 2022, Vasser Sullivan will even run an RC F within the GTD class, with a driver announcement described as “forthcoming”.