Ferdinand Habsburg, star of the 2017 Macau GP, says his approach to Daytona 24 Hours in the Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA LMP2 will be very different to the ‘all or bust’ attitude that saw his heroic display of skill and bravery catch the attention of the world’s motorsport media and fans late last year.
In the 2017 Macau GP, Habsburg climbed through the ranks of the world’s single-seater stars of the future to take the lead of the race on the final corner before clipping the wall of the notoriously difficult Fisherman’s Bend. The courageous yet considered display caused Carling Racing’s team principal Trevor Carlin to compare the 20-year old to Senna and Villeneuve but Habsburg believes the real talent of such drivers is the ability to change their style to suit the situation.
“Yes, Macau was definitely a case of ‘all or bust’ for me,” said Habsburg. “But, that’s not the way to approach an endurance race. Of course, I’ll push hard but I won’t be taking any risks – there’s a time and a place for ballsy and this isn’t it. The real stars of the motorsport world are able to adapt their style to the challenge in front of them and that’s what I will try to do.”
Habsburg will re-join Jackie Chan DC Racing alongside Ho-Pin Tung, Alex Brundle and Antonio Felix Da Costa, following a successful outing in the ROAR Before the 24 official test two weeks ago, in what will be Habsburg’s first step into the world of prototype and endurance racing.
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA LMP2,” he said. “What an introduction to endurance racing – one of the world’s top teams, with three fantastic team-mates and at one of the biggest and best events in the calendar. I have a lot to learn but I couldn’t be in a better place to do it.”
Daytona 24 Hours takes place across the weekend of the 27-28 January on the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, USA