|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.|
|LAST RACE OF IMPRESSIVE DEBUT SEASON FOR CONTINENTAL GT3• Bentley looks to finish the season in style at the Nürburgring|
• Team and drivers in contention to be Endurance Series champions
• 'Very high confidence in the cars and the team'
(Crewe, 17th September 2014) Final preparations are being made as the Bentley Continental GT3 is readied for the last race in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, at the famous Nürburgring in Germany. Bentley, in conjunction with technical partners M-Sport, is looking to finish the season on a high, after ....
|BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES SEASON FINALE FULL OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUDI SPORT CUSTOMER RACINGAudi R8 LMS ultra to battle for the title at the Nürburgring|
◾Four teams with seven GT3 race cars from Audi on the grid
◾Skiing world champion Didier Cuche to celebrate Audi racing debut
Ingolstadt, September 16, 2014 – In GT racing, Audi will be celebrating the finale of the Blancpain Endurance Series on September 21 with several attractions. The 1,000-kilometer race on the Nürburgring will not only be about the decision between the four Audi drivers at the top of the standings and their i....
|BENTLEY RACES TO FIRST VICTORY IN NORTH AMERICA• Bentley Boy Guy Smith sets unstoppable pace in Utah|
• The first ever victory for Bentley Motorsport outside Europe
• Continental GT3 shows prodigious pace after half a season of the Pirelli World Challenge
(Crewe, 16th September 2014) Bentley made history again this weekend with its first ever motorsport victory outside of Europe. Taking first and third place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in the penultimate race of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge championship, Bentley's moto....
|JACK DANIEL'S RACING SET FOR SANDOWN ENDURO; NORTON HORNETS EAGER TO KICK OFF V8 ENDURO CUPMELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia – Following a pair of promising rounds and a successful test day, the Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altimas are set for the first two-driver endurance race of the season, the Sandown 500.|
Teaming up with Todd Kelly aboard the number 7 machine is Nissan factory driver Alex Buncombe, who will be making his V8 Supercars debut at the event.
The Brit tested with Jack Daniel's Racing at the season opening Sydney Motorsport Park test day, with the event followi....
|TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 10 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS USA; FACTORY SQUAD CAMPAIGNS THREE PORSCHE 911 RSRSAtlanta. The Porsche North America works team will field a third Porsche 911 RSRs for the first time this season at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round in Austin, Texas on September 20. Along with the 911 RSR run by the United State's customer squad Team Falken Tire, a total of four 470 hp GT racers based off the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car will compete at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). With just two rounds left on this season's calendar of the new serie....|
|DYSON RACING TEAM BENTLEY SHARPENED FOR SEASON FINALE(Poughkeepsie, NY / Herndon, VA 9th September 2014) After two solid performances last month at Sonoma Raceway, Dyson Racing Team Bentley is ready to sprint into Rounds 15 and 16 of the Pirelli World Challenge. The season finale double-header races take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13.|
Following his season debut in the Bentley Continental GT3 #88 at the Sonoma Raceway double-header, Guy Smith wil....
|PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, ROUNDS 13 AND 14, SONOMA, CALIFORNIASonoma, California. Ryan Dalziel, Michael Mills and Jack Baldwin scored two class victories and three runner-up positions between them in Rounds 13 and 14 of the Pirelli World Challenge this past weekend at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma. On Saturday, Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas) added to his points lead in the GT-Amateur (GT-A) class by sprinting to a fourth straight victory in his EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Ryan Dalziel (Winter Park, Florida) finished second overall in GT class in ....|
|DANIEL TAKES SENSATIONAL SPA WINFRANCORCHAMPS, Stavelot, Belgium – Daniel Ricciardo took a superb third win of the season at Spa-Francorchamps to take the team's 50th grand prix win. In doing so he became the first Australian since Jack Brabham in 1960 to win the Belgian Grand Prix.|
Sebastian Vettel fought his way to fifth place, winning another titanic battle in the closing stages as he passed McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen in the final three laps.