|POLE POSITION AND A DOUBLE FINISH FOR 12C GT3 AT THE GRUELLING TOTAL 24 HOURS OF SPA|
|•12C GT3 claims pole position for McLaren GT customer team, Von Ryan Racing •Five 12C GT3s qualify in the top 20 of a competitive group of more than 65 cars •Von Ryan Racing bring home both cars entered, claiming 4th place in Pro-Am class The 2012 Total 24 Hours of Spa was another challenging test of endurance and reliability for the McLaren GT customer teams competing at the headline event of the Blancpain Endurance Series over the weekend, 27-29 July. All nine examples of the 12C GT3 performed well around the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit despite harsh conditions throughout, but the incident-filled race took its toll. The punishing circuit and challenging weather saw an extremely high attrition rate throughout the field, but two 12C GT3s successfully crossed the line to claim P9 and P30. The #88 12C GT3, run by Von Ryan Racing and driven by Alvaro Parente, Rob Barff, Roger Wills and McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver, Chris Goodwin, battled hard into an impressive 4th place in the Pro-Am class, and P9 overall. The team's #60 blue-and-black car piloted by Julian Draper, Matt Draper, Stephen Jelley and Stef Dusseldorp crossed the line P30 after a tough 24 hours. Each of the nine cars showed strong pace throughout the weekend's qualifying sessions, with five 12C GT3s in the top 20 for the start of the race. The striking dragon-liveried #88 car was the top-qualifying McLaren, claiming pole position in the highly-competitive Pro-Am class, and 3rd overall. The opening stint was headlined by the #9 Gulf Racing UK car driven by McLaren 'works' driver, Rob Bell. After showing good pace during the weekend's free practice sessions, a difficult qualifying saw the car line up in P51. However, by the end of his double stint, Bell's strong pace in the 12C GT3 had moved him up to 7th position. The Belgian Boutsen-Ginion Racing team also put in an impressive performance in front of a home crowd with two cars, and the #5 orange-and-black 12C GT3 was the front-running McLaren as the light faded, leading the Pro-Am class, and in P5 overall. The 4.352-mile (7.004 km) Spa-Francorchamps circuit, notorious for its own micro-climate, saw extreme changes in weather throughout the 24 hours. The opening laps took place in the dry, but conditions quickly changed, and a heavy downpour over part of the circuit during the first scheduled pit window resulted in some teams requiring an additional stop for wet tyres. Further rain showers throughout the remainder of the race ensured the teams and drivers were challenged until the end of the race. During the 24 hours, the harsh conditions saw more than half the grid forced to retire. As darkness fell, a bold call to change to slick tyres by the Gulf Racing and Von Ryan Racing teams proved successful as the track dried, and gained both teams an advantage over the rest of the field. However, the track's slippery conditions off the dry line were unforgiving and caused both Gulf Racing cars to retire after leaving the track. The Lapidus Racing team showed good race pace after qualifying P12 on the grid, but an early collision saw the team lose time. The team worked hard to get the 12C GT3 back on track, and were making progress before coming together with the fast-charging #5 Boutsen-Ginion Racing car, bringing a premature end to the race for both teams. The ART Grand Prix and ASM teams also ran well in the opening 12 hours of the race posting competitive lap times, but the demanding circuit and treacherous conditions saw both teams forced to retire. Chris Goodwin, McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver, and driver of the #88 Von Ryan Racing 12C GT3, explained: 'The Spa 24 hour race is unlike any other race on the GT calendar; it is a real event from the minute the teams arrive here, and it was fantastic to see the nine 12C GT3s in the parade through the town's streets before the race. Then, to see them on track, and having five qualify in the top 20, is a real testament to the performance of the teams, and the developments that have been made throughout this season. This is the ultimate test of endurance and reliability for the cars, the drivers and the teams.' Goodwin continued: 'Doing anything non-stop for 24 hours is difficult, but putting in consistently competitive laps, around one of the most demanding circuits in such changeable conditions, is extremely tough. The fact that more than 30 cars were forced to retire from this event shows just how demanding a race it is. To have two cars finish, one in the top 10, in this, the debut competitive year for the 12C GT3, is a big result.' Exclusive short films were produced during the Total 24 Hours of Spa, and these can be viewed or embedded at the official McLaren Automotive YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/McLarenAutomotiveTV.|
| PORSCHE 911 GT3 NAMED 2014 WORLD PERFORMANCE CARAtlanta. At a ceremony at the New York Auto Show this morning, the Porsche 911 GT3 was named the 2014 World Performance Car.|
The World Car Awards (WCA) are presented annually in four categories – Car Design, Green Car, Performance Car and Car of the Year. Winners are determined by an international panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries. Jurors are appointed by the World Car Awards' Steering Committee based on automotive expertise, experience, credibility and influence.
| BOOSTING CAREERS WITH AN EXTRA 15 HP – VOLKSWAGEN LINES UP WITH A NEW ENGINE IN THE 2014 FORMULA 3 SEASON◾Thoroughbred racing engines for teams in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship|
◾Nine young drivers put their faith in the Dallara/Volkswagen combination in the European Championship
◾Racing genes: Max Verstappen and Tom Blomqvist powered by Volkswagen
Thoroughbred racing engine replaces production-based power train: the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship heralds a new era for Volkswagen. More performance and improved drivability – out goes the old 210-hp generation of Formula 3 eng....
| ZEOD RC DRIVERS HAVE A NEW SET OF BUTTONS TO PUSHLE CASTELLET, France – GT Academy winners Wolfgang Reip and Lucas Ordóñez – plus three-time Japanese Super GT champion Satoshi Motoyama – have a totally new set of buttons to learn when they jump behind the wheel of the Nissan ZEOD RC.|
While Reip and Ordóñez began their racing career pushing buttons on their PlayStation controllers, the talented racers have been learning the control systems on the Nissan ZEOD RC which will make its race debut at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
| BENTLEY MOTORSPORT RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA• Continental GT3 to compete in North America with Dyson Racing|
• First race to be Pirelli World Challenge round at Road America
• Development over 2014 in preparation for 2015 championship
• New Continental GT3 race car on display at NYIAS
(New York, 16th April 2014) After an impressive performance at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy last weekend, the new Bentley Continental GT3 is set to reintroduce the celebrated British marque to North American....
| 2013 GT ACADEMY WINNER MCMILLEN SOLID IN BLANCPAIN SERIES DEBUT AT MONZAOregonian has GT-R as high as second in class, takes fifth in pro series debut|
MONZA, Italy – Since his GT Academy win last September, Nick McMillen has spent a lot of time on the track. His all-GT Academy team finished second in class in a 370Z NISMO at the Dubai 24 hours, and he's raced numerous times in GT4 in Europe. But his inaugural Blancpain Endurance Series race in a GT3 Nissan GT-R in the three-hour sprint at Monza last weekend felt different.
'This is the big league....
|McLAREN GT CUSTOMER TEAM ART GRAND PRIX TAKES DOUBLE PODIUM IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIESThe 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series got underway this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy, with McLaren GT present for the third consecutive year. Customer teams ART Grand Prix and Boutsen-Ginion Racing both fielded a two car line-up with the 12C GT3, and showed early pace during the weekend when McLaren GT factory driver Alvaro Parente claimed pole position for ART Grand Prix. Despite the hard-fought race with a grid of 38 cars, the 12C GT3 completed a lights-to-flag victory, and....|
| PORSCHE 911 GT3 R WINS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RACE AT LONG BEACHLong Beach, Calif. The Porsche 911 GT3 R has won its class in the car's second try racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas) raced the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R to the GT Amateur (GT-A) class victory in today's 60-minute Roar by the Shore sports car race on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. Mills' teammate, Tim Bergmeister (Germany) finished eighth overall in the GT class driving the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.|
While the Porsche 91....
| M-SPORT BENTLEY MAKES STRONG START TO 2014 CAMPAIGN• 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series underway after opening round|
• Continental GT3s finish a hard-fought 7th and 8th at Monza
• Great foundation to build on over the season
(Monza, 13th April 2014) Team M-Sport Bentley open their 2014 racing account with a strong performance at the first race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy. After three hours of racing in sunny and warm conditions at the famous circuit, the two Continental GT3s finished line astern in 7th and 8th posi....