Stefan Wilson, Nick Boulle Fill out Lineup for Rolex 24
By Mark Robinson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Hardpoint is back for a second full season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in 2022, with Rob Ferriol and Katherine Legge rejoining as the full-season drivers of the No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Stefan Wilson and Nick Boulle will supply co-driving efforts for the Rolex 24 At Daytona that opens the season Jan. 29-30.
Legge, a four-time race winner in WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) competition, finished ninth in the 2021 GTD standings co-driving what was then the No. 88 Team Hardpoint Porsche, with a best finish of fifth place at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. Ferriol was a co-driver in the No. 88 in every 2021 race except for Sebring, and he finished 10th in GTD points to earn the Bob Akin Award as the top Bronze-rated driver in the class.
“We’re a much smarter team than we were a year ago approaching Daytona for the first time in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, and now have the benefit of a full season under our belt, as well as a few new tools in the kit bag,” team owner Ferriol said. “While it’s been a very short offseason, we’ve taken those lessons learned and used this time to aggressively refine and retool the team, reinforcing in some areas, and bringing in new partners altogether in others.
“As a driver, I’m excited to start 2022 with a clean slate, sharing driving duties with Katherine once again, but also introducing Stefan and Nick to the fold. Nick and Stefan both bring their own unique perspectives to motorsport and demonstrate just how much of a melting pot this sport can be. It’s great to have them on board.”
Wilson, who will be joining the team for the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races and is a three-time Indianapolis 500 starter, will make his Rolex 24 debut 10 years after his late brother Justin was part of the overall winning team in the iconic race. Stefan Wilson’s only previous WeatherTech Championship start came at Circuit of The Americas in 2017, when he and Boulle finished second in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class.
“To be partnering with Rob, Katherine and Nick is a great opportunity that I’m excited for and want to make the most of,” Wilson said. “This will only be my second IMSA WeatherTech start, and my first Rolex 24 start, but it’s a series and race that I’ve targeted for many years. … It suddenly dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that it’s not only the 60th anniversary of the race, but it’s 10 years since Justin won overall. I have many fond memories of watching him compete in this race, and I hope I can create some good memories of my own there this month.”
Boulle has a Rolex 24 victory on his résumé, coming in the 2017 PC class, as well as runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2020. He believes the driving lineup contains the right mix for success.
“This will be my sixth start at Daytona and I’m beyond excited to get back into a Porsche 911 GT3 R here,” Boulle said. “I have experience in the car and I think that the pairing with Rob, Katherine and Stefan is going to be a strong group.”
The 2022 WeatherTech Championship season kicks off with The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona International Speedway from Jan. 21-23, with testing and a 100-minute qualifying race. Rolex 24 race week runs Jan. 27-30, with the historic 60th running set to start at 1:40 p.m. ET Saturday, Jan. 29.