|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.|
|FOURTH ROUND OF THE LAMBORGHINI BLANCPAIN SUPER TROFEO EUROPE THIS WEEKEND ON THE ICONIC CIRCUIT OF SPA-FRANCORCHAMPSSant'Agata Bolognese, 22 July 2014. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe heads towards one of the most iconic and fascinating circuits in the world. On the hilly and twisty layout of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) the series will race its fourth weekend this season on 25/26 July as part of the prestigious 24 hours event. There are 26 cars registered.|
A close fight is expected in all the three classes starting from the PRO group with the leading Bonaldi Motorsport duo made up of th....
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LONDON, UK – The Spa 24 Hours is often the biggest test faced by the NISMO Athletes in their first year of competition. This weekend's race – the fourth 24-hour event for Nissan this year – sets the stage for the continuation of Nissan's racing social media campaign, which has struck a chor....
|NICK TANDY WINS PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE STREET RACE IN TORONTOPirelli World Challenge, Rounds 9 and 10, Toronto, Canada|
Toronto. Nick Tandy (UK), driving the EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pirelli World Challenge at the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday in Exhibition Place, Round 9 of the 2014 season - a 50-minute timed event - scored the car's the first overall win for in North America.
Tandy, who started the 50-minute event from the pole position, had already cleared turn one of lap one when a ten-car pile-up caused a six-lap yellow flag. On....
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The No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, started from the second position on the grid and quickly took the lead when Wittmer made a clever pass on the race leader on the fi....
|M-SPORT BENTLEY READY TO RACE AROUND THE CLOCK24-hour marathon awaits Bentley at Spa-Francorchamps|
• New Continental GT3 ready for toughest challenge yet
• Championship-leading drivers prepare for ultimate endurance test
(Crewe, 21st July 2014) Following successive victories in the Blancpain Endurance Series, M-Sport Bentley is setting up at the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium for the Total 24 Hours of Spa – the headline race of the season, starting at 16:30 local time on Saturday 26th July. The team is looking f....
|AUDI TEAMS AIM TO MOUNT WINNERS PODIUM AGAIN• Four teams with a total of eight Audi R8 LMS ultra cars on the grid|
• Audi celebrated overall victories in Belgium in 2011 and 2012
• Chance for third 24-hour race victory within the space of six weeks
Ingolstadt, July 18, 2014 – Audi has clinched two 24-hour race victories so far this year: the iconic sports car race at Le Mans (June 14/15) with the R18 e-tron quattro of Audi Sport Team Joest and, a week later, the endurance race at the Nürburgring with the R8 LMS ultra of P....
|BENTLEY GREATS READY FOR 2014 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE• Beautiful Bentleys from past and present at Hampton Court Palace|
• Bentley key sponsor of 5-7 September Concours
• Luxury and performance from across the eras
(Crewe, 18 July 2014) Some of the finest examples of the Bentley marque are set to shine at the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace this September. Five Bentleys will feature in the 60 exceptional cars chosen for this year's Concours, with owners from around the world displaying their cars in the Fountain Garden....