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15 February 2013

KCMG will be the first Chinese team to take on Le Mans (w/ video)

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of The Morgan Motor Company
 
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KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) is a Hong Kong-based motorsport services group that competes in top-tier championships such as Formula Nippon, Super GT300, Formula 3, Formula Masters China, Formula Pilota, Chinese Touring Car Championships (CTCC), and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia. But in 2013, they're about to embark in a new endeavor as they take on the challenge of Le Mans
 
For their new campaign in sports car endurance racing, they've recently acquired a Morgan LMP2 chassis from OAK Racing's constructor department, Onroak Automotive. The chassis is constructed from a carbon fiber monocoque and weights as little as 925 kg. No details have been mentioned about its powertrain, but current LMP2 regulations allow for naturally aspirated 5.0L eight-cylinder engines or turbocharged 3.2L six-cylinders.
 
KCMG will enter the newly-formed Asian Le Mans Series this 2013. Organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the sports car endurance racing series will host six races beginning in Zuhai, China on May 5 and culminate in Sentul, Indonesia on December 8. The team also has plans to enter the FIA's World Endurance Championship (WEC) rounds in Fuji, Japan and Shanghai, China towards the end of the season.
 
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“KCMG will be running the Morgan LMP2 which, having already proven itself, would be a very good representative of the Asian Le Mans Series at Le Mans. I also think it would send a strong signal to the entire Asian continent where motorsport is booming,” said KCMG Managing Director Paul Ip.
 
But the most important news of all is, KCMG has been granted an entry to the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans and is the first Chinese team to do so. The 81st edition of the Le Mans 24 Hour race will be held at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on June 22 to 23, 2013.
 
Taking the wheel of KCMG's new Morgan LMP2 will be Shanghai-based driver Alexandre Imperatori. The Swiss has competed for KCMG in the past in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship and Formula Nippon. The other two driver who will join Imperatori in Le Mans will be revealed at a later date.
 
Asian Le Mans Series 2013 Race Calendar:
May 5, 2013  Zuhai, China 
May 26, 2013  Shanghai, China 
July 7, 2013  Ordos, China
August 4, 2013   Inje, South Korea 
September 22, 2013     Fuji, Japan 
December 8, 2013  Sentul, Indonesia
 
For more information about KCMG, visit www.kcmg.com.hk, and like KCMG’s Facebook page.