Efficiency-wise, I used to be up there with the highest Porsche GT drivers in IMSA each weekend in 2023. The workforce, AO Racing, was new, having solely been shaped within the winter of 2022, however did an incredible job to get the automotive to the place it has been as a result of the Stability of Efficiency hadn’t actually been on our aspect, aside from the previous couple of races.
It was a large studying yr, because it was my first time establishing the automotive and being the lead driver in a GTD pro-am line-up. I felt like I’ve realized so much from doing that and progressed as a driver out and in of the automotive. We didn’t get the outcomes we wished, however I’m proud of how the yr went.
It was round November 2022 that I used to be getting an concept of what we have been going to do. The hyperlink got here via Multimatic and Gunnar Jeannette, who is among the drivers and a part of the administration workforce, and founder PJ Hyett, who was my common co-driver wished me. It was a great transfer for me to do and I actually loved working with all of them season because the workforce is nice and really skilled. I can solely see higher issues with them as they make their means up.
I’ve helped the workforce be taught the Porsche 911 GT3-R as a result of it’s totally different to the RSR, set-up and handling-wise, so it’s tough and has a really small window to work in. It’s not very simple to arrange, however the workforce did a fantastic job, and we did get some actually good outcomes.
Spotlight of the season could be Virginia, which was one in all my finest races. I completed the highest Porsche, and I used to be actually proud of the tempo. I had a great race, I stored it on the monitor and did some good laps, so I used to be proud of my efficiency. At Street Atlanta we have been fairly fast. I actually loved the monitor, because it’s quick and flowing with not loads of room for error. In direction of the tip we almost had a podium, which was taken away from PJ, Gunnar and I in the previous couple of minutes – that was robust.
It was a tough yr as a result of we have been on the again foot, however we stored believing within the automotive and ourselves and I feel that’s the primary factor. We will solely do what we will do, being Positive and clear-headed each weekend, not focusing an excessive amount of on the outcomes and extra on our performances.
It’s most likely the one yr that I’ve not had a correct podium, however you do get these years, and I’m certain there will likely be many extra to return, so I’m not too fearful about that. I do know this automotive properly now so being again within the Porsche will likely be nice.
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Priaulx is wanting ahead to getting into the GTD Professional class subsequent season and combating in opposition to factory-calibre lineups
Laurin Heinrich will likely be becoming a member of me at AO Racing, and we’ll be shifting into GTD Professional. Will probably be a tricky 2024 as a result of I’ll should be pushing even tougher than I often do and I’ll should be acting at my finest with somebody that proficient alongside me. Nevertheless, it is going to even be a fantastic problem and good to check myself in opposition to totally skilled line-ups, although it’s a disgrace we gained’t be racing at Lengthy Seaside – that’s one in all my favorite circuits!
It’s solely over the previous month that I’ve correctly recognized what I’m doing and was signed with AO Racing once more. It’s a fantastic alternative and stepping as much as GTD Professional is the place I need to be.
I’ve helped the workforce be taught the Porsche 911 GT3-R as a result of it’s totally different to the RSR, set-up and handling-wise, so it’s tough and has a really small window to work in. It’s not very simple to arrange, however the workforce did a fantastic job
I’m able to battle with all of the manufacturing unit drivers, and being on the high of the timesheets, hopefully. I do know Laurin a bit as a result of I did Porsche Shootout with him a couple of years in the past. He gained it and he’s a great man, fast, and hard to beat, however I feel it’s good to have somebody within the workforce like that, pushing me ahead.
I’m now a full British Racing Drivers’ Membership member, which is superb. The BRDC SuperStars programme is nice to be on. It’s such a prestigious membership, it’s good to be a part of that historical past. I haven’t been in a position to attend loads of the team-building periods over the previous yr due to my commitments in america, however Andy Meyrick does a fantastic job working all the things.
I appeared as much as the BRDC as a child, as my dad was there, and I did as soon as put some stickers on my helmet and my dad stated: “You’ll be able to’t try this since you’re not a member!” However now I can fortunately try this.
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Priaulx relished racing on the US tracks, together with ViR and Street Atlanta, although regrets that Lengthy Seaside is not on the GTD Professional calendar