|McLaren Makes A Clean Sweep Across Europe With Triple GT Victories|
|•McLaren GT customer teams claim victories in three championships in two days •Victories achieved in all events contested, with wins recorded in the UK, France and Spain •Lapidus Racing claims the marque's first win in a 24 hour race since the historic debut victory for the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans in 1995 As 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in Monza to claim victory for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, McLaren was actually celebrating its fourth victory of the weekend following success across Europe in GT championships. Three McLaren GT customer teams took wins in the UK, France and Spain, and recorded one of the most successful weekend's racing for McLaren in its history. The first result of the weekend was achieved by the French-based ART Grand Prix team, with a competitive showing at the Circuito de Navarra in Northern Spain. The driver pairing of Grégoire Demoustier and Ulric Amado secured pole position with the 12C GT3 in the FFSA French GT championship for the weekend's Qualifying Race. Despite being handed a 15 second penalty following the previous victory at Magny-Cours earlier in the season, the French duo went on to claim the first victory of the weekend. Shortly after ART GP's result, Lapidus Racing started the ultimate endurance challenge at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya, for the 15th running of the 24H Barcelona. Starting from fifth on the grid the 12C GT3, driven by British racers Adam Christodoulou, Tim Mullen and Phil Quaife alongside team owner Klaas Hummel, made a strong start and built a commanding lead as night fell. An unscheduled stop shortly after half-distance saw the German/Dutch team drop to third place but, once back out on track, the team quickly caught the leaders and regained the lead in the early hours of the morning. A string of consistent lap times helped rebuild a comfortable lead and as the clock reached the 24 hour mark, the striking orange and white liveried 12C GT3 crossed the line to take the title having completed a gruelling 640 laps, equalling a distance of nearly 3,000 kilometres. With this victory, Lapidus Racing claimed the first win for McLaren in a 24 hour race since the McLaren F1 GTR took the title at Le Mans on its debut in 1995. As the chequered flag fell in Barcelona, United Autosports and Apex Motorsport were in final preparations for Round Six of theAvon Tyres British GT Championship at Silverstone. The three hour event at Silverstone saw United Autosports fifth on the grid, while reigning British GT champions Apex Motorsport, making their 2012 championship debut with the 12C GT3, lined up 14th. Both McLarens made progress away from the start, and quickly moved forward through the field. The father and son pairing of Jim and Glynn Geddie in the Apex Motorsport 12C GT3 showed extremely strong early pace and, shortly before the halfway mark, had moved into the lead. However, a stop-go penalty following the first mandatory pitstop saw the #1 car forced to relinquish this lead. Despite a late charge after rejoining the track, which saw the gap to the leaders reduced, they were unable to recover the lost ground, and crossed the line fifth. As the black Apex Motorsport car served its penalty, Matt Bell and Charles Bateman in the Anglo-American United Autosports 12C GT3 took over the lead, and battled hard in the closing stages to defend position. As the race ended, the red-white-and-blue McLaren crossed the line with a comfortable margin to the chasing pack, closing the gap on the championship leaders, and completing the weekend's triple victory for McLaren GT customer teams. McLaren Automotive heritage: McLaren Automotive has a 20 year heritage in producing landmark sports cars for the road: the McLaren F1 road car, which was launched in 1992, set the world land speed record for a production car, and is regarded as one of the iconic sports cars of the modern age. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003 – 2009) is the most successful supercar ever in its price bracket, having sold twice as many cars as its nearest carbon-based rival. McLaren Automotive has now moved from these successful automotive projects to launching a new car company that will design, develop, and distribute a range of high performance, highly efficient and technologically innovative sports cars through a global network of highly respected premium car retailers in every major automotive market. Around 4,000 sports cars will be built annually by the middle of the decade in the advanced new manufacturing facility, the McLaren Production Centre. McLaren Automotive's debut model is the 12C. Drawing on the company's long-standing Formula 1 experience in its concept and development, the 12C is lighter, faster, more powerful, more fuel efficient and more exclusive than its key competition. It supports its performance benchmarks by introducing a unique one-piece moulded carbon chassis into the 'core' sports car segment in a new production method that brings the performance of £500,000 cars to market at a third of the price. All future McLarens will continue the themes presented by the 12C: innovation, integration of Formula 1 technology, and ultimate performance. In 2011 McLaren Automotive announced the launch of McLaren GT; a new race car manufacturer combining the expertise of McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing, McLaren Electronic Systems, McLaren Applied Technologies and CRS Racing. McLaren GT is responsible for developing the first racing derivative of the 12C sports car, the MP4-12C GT3. Twenty-five examples of the MP4-12C GT3 are now racing with private teams in Europe in 2012.|
| 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.
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|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....|
|FOUR CHINA WINS FOR FERRARIMaranello, 14 April – Sunday's event will be the eleventh Chinese Grand Prix. The race has always been staged on the 5.451 kilometres of the Shanghai circuit, a futuristic venue designed by German architect Hermann Tilke. Ferrari has won four times here, which is a hit rate of 40%. The race was first held in 2004, three from the end of the season. Ferrari took the maiden win, courtesy of Rubens Barrichello in the F2004, who produced a faultless performance. The Maranello squad took a clea....|
| 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.|
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| 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....
| Audi of America customer-racing continues to add new Audi R8 LMS ultra teams ahead of Long Beach race- CRP Racing chooses Audi R8 LMS ultra to contest Pirelli World Challenge|
- James Sofronas from GMG racing looks to defend win from last year
- Rookie driver and GT-A winner of St. Petersburg opener, Andrew Palmer, moved up to GT class
HERNDON, Va., April 10, 2014 – Audi customer-racing continues to add new teams with the announcement of CRP Racing joining the fold to contest the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at the Long Beach race. James Sofronas will look to defend his title in t....
| PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP, HOCKENHEIM; PATRICK DEMPSEY AS GUEST ENTRANT IN THE PORSCHE 911 GT3 CUPStuttgart/Atlanta. Patrick Dempsey takes on a new challenge. The Porsche race driver and actor ('Grey's Anatomy') will contest the Hockenheim round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held as support to the Formula 1 race as a guest driver on July 21. He will pilot the Porsche AG VIP vehicle, a 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which is based on the street-legal 911 GT3. On April 8 and 9, he carried out initial tests on the Hockenheimring.|
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| FORD, IMSA JOIN FORCES ON OFFICIAL AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERSHIP◾EcoBoost-Powered Ford Taurus SHO To Be Official Safety Car At Long Beach|
◾3-Year Agreement As Official Automotive Partner of TUDOR Championship, Continental Tire Challenge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2014) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ford Motor Company today announced a three-year agreement making Ford an 'Official Automotive Partner' of IMSA, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
As part of the partners....