Kevin Magnussen relishing ‘special’ Gulf and Daytona outings with father Jan

Jamie Woodhouse
Jan Magnussen, Kevin Magnussen and Mark Kvamme. MDK Motorsports GT3.

Jan Magnussen, Kevin Magnussen and Mark Kvamme. MDK Motorsports GT3.

Kevin Magnussen and Jan Magnussen are preparing to team up once more as they tackle the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit, before taking on the 24 Hours of Daytona in the new year.

The father-son duo are far from a new team on the racing scene, having contested the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 17th in the LMP2 class as they competed alongside fellow Dane Anders Fjordbach with High Class Racing.

And Kevin and Jan will now head into action at the 2022 Gulf 12 Hours, held at Yas Marina Circuit, host of Formula 1’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They will share the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3 fielded by MDK Motorsports for the race on 11 December.

Kevin, who made his return to Formula 1 in 2022 with Haas, said it is a “special thing” that both he and his father are still active racing drivers, and so treasures these opportunities to compete together.

“We’re going to get a few laps in the car before going to Abu Dhabi with it,” said Kevin, as per the Formula 1 website. “But, of course, it’s something that I’m really excited about.

“Racing with my dad is always something that I enjoy a lot. It’s such a special thing that we’re still both active racing drivers at the same time. He’s not that old, so I feel like I have to grab the opportunity, as much as I can, while he’s still in good shape and fast.

“It’s the first time that we’re going to drive in a GT car together and I think he’s going to be pretty hard to beat in that one, but we’ll see!”

Then when the new year comes around, the father-son duo will combine again in the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona towards the end of January, racing the Porsche 911 GT3 R for MDK Motorsports, alongside American driver Mark Kvamme.

Jan has tasted a huge amount of success in sports car and endurance racing throughout his career as a four-time Le Mans class winner, 24 Hours of Daytona class winner and two-time IMSA SportsCar Championship class co-champion.

Kevin too has experience in sports car racing, having contested the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing – with fifth and sixth-place finishes in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Dayton – as well as the opening round of the 2022 season before striking a deal to return to Formula 1 with Haas.

In addition to that contract, he also exited a deal that would have seen him form part of Peugeot’s line-up for the 2022 World Endurance Championship.

Although returning to a Haas team fighting in Formula 1’s midfield, Kevin delivered one of the shocks of the season when he achieved his first pole position in changeable conditions at Interlagos, host of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

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