Former A1 GP Team South Africa driver, Stephen Simpson is looking forward to more success in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 19 March following his class win in the recent Daytona 24-hour driving. Simpson won the Prototype Challenge class in the 24-hour driving the #85 Hi-Tide Red Line JDC Miller Motorsports ORECA FLM09 with Americans Chris Miller and Kenton Koch and Canadian Misha Goikhberg.

Steven will once again race alongside his Daytona-winning JDM Miller teammates in Sebring: “This is my second Sebring 12 Hours – we finished fourth in the 2014 race and now we head into this year’s race in the lead of the IMSA Prototype Challenge, something we are determined to defend!

“This year sees the 64th running of the 12-hour — we had a successful two days of testing at Sebring two weeks back, where we spent time developing a new MoTeC ECU system that all IMSA Prototype Challenge cars must now use and which meant we has to get used to a new dash, traction control and live telemetry that the team can monitor this from the pit wall. “It was a good test and we are ready for the 12-hour.”

Former double South African karting champion, Stephen won on the 2000 SA Formula Ford Championship at age 16 before moving to the UK to start his own race team the following year, where he raced for the Benetton Junior Team. He enjoyed two strong seasons British Formula Renault Championship that saw to him being chosen to represent South Africa in the 2005 A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport.

Stephen returned to a full time race seat in the United States driving for JDC Miller Motorsport in the Tudor United Sport Car Championship in 2014, with the highlight of his first season back being a third place at Road America. In 2015, Stephen finished 3rd at the Daytona 24 Hours, 2nd at Detroit and put it on pole position at Lime Rock while racing selected Tudor USC races alongside his duties as an official Team Mini USA driver in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Backed by Antistatic Design and Bell Racing, Stephen also runs the Lionsport Driver Development and Management, which concentrates on nurturing fresh race talent with plans to assist promising young South African drivers in taking the giant step across the pond to race in the US.

Fans can follow the Sebring 12-hour via live streaming and timing on www.imsa.com throughout race week. Practice starts Tuesday 15 March continues on from Thursday through to the race starting 17h30 SA time Saturday 19 March.