|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.|
|EFFORT RACING AND PORSCHE MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF YOUNG DRIVER PROGRAM IN NORTH AMERICAHouston, Texas, January 28, 2015. Pirelli World Challenge GT-A champions EFFORT Racing and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) have announced the next step in Porsche's overall strategy to search and support young sports car racing driving talent - the new Porsche Motorsport North America Young Driver Program for 2015.|
The two drivers who will pilot the EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R racecars are veteran Ryan Dalziel (Winter Park, Florida) and Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, Califor....
|INGERSOLL RAND BECOMES ‘OFFICIAL POWER TOOLS OF IMSA'• Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2015) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ingersoll Rand has announced a multi-year partnership designating the global brand as the 'Official Power Tools of IMSA.'
The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as the 'Official Power Tools of NASCAR' and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. ....
|BENTLEY CONFIRMS DRIVERS FOR BATHURST CHALLENGE•Two Continental GT3s ready for opening race of the 2015 season|
•Four Works professional drivers joined by two Silver team mates
•Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Matt Bell for car #10
•Andy Soucek, Maximilian Buhk and Harold Primat for car #11
(Crewe, 22nd January 2015) Bentley Motorsport announces its six-man driver line-up for the opening race of Bentley's 2015 season, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. With the regulations of the event stipulating that every car must feature a combinati....
|AUDI R8 LMS RACE TEAMS KICK-OFF 2015 SEASON AT ROLEX 24 IN DAYTONA◾Paul Miller Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports return to race in the twenty-four hour classic|
◾Endurance race winning driver line-up in both cars
◾Teams look to compete for a second Audi victory at Daytona
Paul Miller Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports look to compete in the 53rd running of the Daytona 24 hour race. Both race teams bring considerable endurance racing experience to the effort with a total of four 24 hour race winners taking the wheel.
The Audi customer-racing teams, ....
|SEASON STARTS FOR AUDI AT DAYTONA• Two Audi customer teams to contest 24-hour race in Florida (USA)|
• Audi R8 LMS competes in numerically strongest class
• Audi driver Markus Winkelhock: Daytona is like a sprint race
Ingolstadt, January 19, 2015 – The 2015 season opens with an endurance classic in the USA for Audi customer racing. Two Audi R8 LMS will start at the 53rd running of the 24 hours of Daytona. Following the first victory for an Audi at Daytona two years ago, and a second place last season, the two cu....
|Lexus Adds to the ‘F' Brand Stable With Addition of GS F Sedan•High Revving 5.0L V8 Producing 467 hp in Five Passenger Sedan|
•Lexus Goes Racing on Global Scale and Reveals New Motorsports Logo
DETROIT (Jan. 13, 2015) – Throaty rumbles and nimble handling aren't just for sport coupes. Meet the all-new 2016 Lexus GS F performance sedan. It is not a standard luxury sedan or track car. The GS F rolled into the North American International Auto Show today with a growl, four doors and enough cabin space to comfortably accommodate five adults.
|MCLAREN GT LAUNCHES YOUNG DRIVER PROGRAMMEMcLaren GT has confirmed today at the Autosport International Show the launch of the McLaren GT Young Driver Programme. Ahead of the 2015 GT season, which will see McLaren GT customer teams racing the new 650S GT3 in a number of championships across the world. Drivers Ross Wylie (Scotland, 23) and Andrew Watson (Northern Ireland, 19) will work with McLaren GT, and the existing trio factory drivers of Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente to further enhance their skills and knowledge for a com....|
|RECORD YEAR FOR AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI:DELIVERIES INCREASED TO 2,530 UNITS IN 2014◾Lamborghini increases worldwide sales for the fourth year in a row|
◾The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 has been introduced successfully to the markets worldwide collecting more than 3,300 orders
◾USA confirms its position as largest single market
◾Balanced presence across the three regions EMEA, America and Asia Pacific
Sant'Agata Bolognese, 12.01.2015 -- In the year 2014 Automobili Lamborghini set a new sales record in its history. With 2,530 cars delivered to customers the comp....