Brit takes podium on Day­tona de­but

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Sunoco Whe­len Chal­lenge win­ner Stuart Mid­dle­ton fin­ished an im­pres­sive sec­ond in last week­end’s Day­tona 24 Hours on his pro­to­type rac­ing de­but.

The 18-year-old reign­ing Bri­tish GT4 cham­pion was part of an Ac­tion Ex­press Cadil­lac DPI-V.R crew that also fea­tured for­mer Sauber For­mula 1 driver Felipe Nasr, Mike Con­way and Eric Cur­ran.

They even­tu­ally fin­ished 1m10s be­hind the sis­ter car at the flag, with Mid­dle­ton en­sur­ing the clos­ing third-placed ORECA was un­able to chal­lenge in the fi­nal stages.

Nasr had suf­fered a punc­ture ear­lier in the race and had a mi­nor col­li­sion in traf­fic overnight, which de­nied them a chance at fight­ing for the over­all win.

De­spite this, Mid­dle­ton was de­lighted to fin­ish sec­ond on his US rac­ing de­but.

“The op­por­tu­nity to race in the Rolex 24 is just crazy, I couldn’t have pic­tured it at the start of 2017, to come here and fin­ish P2 on the podium is just crazy,” he said. “It’s been an in­cred­i­ble 24 hours for us, my first-ever time in a 24-hour race and in a DPI car, and hope­fully there’s more to come.

“It was a big learn­ing curve for me. Lap af­ter lap I was learn­ing as much as I could. I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s in­sane to me. Hope­fully I’m back some­time soon.”

Mid­dle­ton’s main pro­gramme this year will be in Euro­pean GT4 where he will again team up with Will Tre­gurtha in a Hhc-run Ginetta G55.

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