England's Tom Kimber-Smith will follow his run last weekend in CORE autosport's PC chassis at Circuit of The Americas with a debut at the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock this weekend.
The winner of the LMP2 class at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans will partner with rising Pro-Am driver Michael Marsal, whom he's driven with in Europe, as the two share a Turner Motorsports Rolex GT BMW M3 around the tight Connecticut track.
“I have got to know Michael well this year as he drove with me in the Greaves LMP2 car earlier in the season in Europe and we have stayed in touch,” said Kimber-Smith. “He was looking for a co-driver for the last round as all the regular Turner drivers are on duty elsewhere that weekend and I jumped at the chance.”
The 28-year-old, who has a total of three class wins at Le Mans in GT and prototype machinery, has spent the 2013 season driving a similar mix of cars, and will get his first taste of Grand-Am competition and Turner's unique tubeframe BMW M3 V8 during the series finale.
“I am really looking forward to it, it will be the fourth type of car for me this year having driven LMGTE, LMP2 and LMPC categories already in the ALMS and WEC but as a driver getting into a new car and learning about it is always an enjoyable challenge,” he added. “Michael is a great guy and I hope I can help him to [achieve] a decent result in the last ever Grand-Am race.”
For Turner, the addition of TK-S should make for an interesting close to the championship.
“We are very excited to have Tom in our GT car for the final race of the 2013 season at our home track," he said. "Our No. 93 GT-class M3 has had some success recently and we feel confident that Michael and Tom have what it takes to continue that streak and finish the season on a positive note. We're looking forward to a great weekend.”