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KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG), the first Chinese team to compete in the celebrated Le Mans 24 Hours, secured an impressive 6th place on the La Sarthe grid in the LMP2 class after three intense qualifying sessions on unpredictable circuit conditions last Wednesday and Thursday.
 
Alexandre Imperatori, Ho-Pin Tung and Matt Howson were off to a moderate start during the initial sessions of qualifying as the team focused in working on the LMP2’s set-up and reliability prior the massive challenge that it will take on this weekend.
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KC Motorsports Group Ltd. (KCMG) got its feet wet in world of endurance racing earlier this year after making a successful debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone in April. The team used the outing as a test to prep them for a much bigger challenge this June - the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a matter of fact, they're currently at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France and all set for the race this weekend. But instead of a one-shot deal, KCMG has now committed to their campaign in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) for thel ong haul with the announcement of a new motorsports outfit: KCMG-WEC.
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KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) have successfully completed their first test outing last June 9, Sunday, at the 13.62 km Circuit de la Sarthe with promising results. Driven by the trio of Alexandre Imperatori, Ho-Pin Tung, and Matt Howson, KCMG's blue and white No. 47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 made the most out of eight hour test session last Sunday despite the challenging conditions. The drivers also managed to complete the mandatory 10 laps to officially qualify for 81st edition of the Le Mans 24 Hour race that's scheduled on June 22 to 23, 2013.
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is barely a month away and we're pretty sure that KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) is busy prepping the team's LMP2 Morgan-Nissan prototype to give it the best chance of finishing on the podium. And one company that's going to help them reach that goal is Motul.
 
KCMG has just announced its technical partnership with French oil company Motul not only in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but also in their campaign in sports car endurance racing. That includes the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Asian Le Mans Series which will begin in August. The deal will see Motul provide their high performance lubricants for KCMG's LMP2 Morgan-Nissan prototype which will run for hours non-stop and require the maximum engine protection and performance that only Motul can provide.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of KC Motorsports Group Ltd.
 
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It means a lot when the Philippines' largest national flag carrier shows their support for motorsports, even more so if it's an international motorsports group. This is a testament how a business that has nothing to do with racing puts their trust (and money) in a team because they share the same philosophy in terms of vision, performance, and prestige. I'm talking about Cebu Pacific Air who has expanded their partnership with KC Motorsports Group Ltd. (KCMG) in their 2013 campaign in the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS). As a result of this deal, the team will now be known as Cebu Pacfic Air by KCMG.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of KCMG and DPPI MEDIA
 
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We first got word in February that Hong Kong-based motorsports group, KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG), will be racing a Nissan-powered Morgan LMP2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. Although these guys have previous experience with Formula Nippon, Super GT300, and Formula 3, this would be their first endeavor in the world of endurance racing. So before taking on the challenge of Le Mans head-on, they tried their hands first at something a bit more manageable: the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
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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.
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Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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We had a quick chat with rising Irish race car driver Gary Thompson last June while he was on a break from his Formula 3 season. Now that the championship's over and he's back in the Philippines for a short stay, we caught up with Gary once more to find out how his season shaped up and what's in store next for the future Formula 1 star
 
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The 2011 Japanese Formula 3 season was composed of 16 rounds spread over seven race weekends. But due to the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit in March, the race calendar had to be delayed. Add to that the cancellation of the Rounds 12 and 13 in Suzuka due to a Typhoon. “We had a good year. All year we've been very quick. Maybe lacking a small bit of qualifying pace in comparison to race pace and that made the race difficult. In F3 it is hard to overtake. We've had an uphill struggle all year. We've managed to win some races, a lot of podiums, overall it's a good year,” commented Gary.
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Gary Thompson will surely have his eyes set on a second victory this weekend at Okayama for the 2011 Japanese Formula 3 Championship National Class Title. One of the brightest young prospects in Irish motorsports, Thompson took his maiden Japanese F3 victory earlier this month with a commanding display of performance at Twin Ring Motegi. The 19-year-old had a string of podium finishes this season building up to this triumph. So it’s no surprise he is in high hopes to keep the momentum going in his pursuit of the championship title.
 
The Aviation Display and Cebu Pacific Air-backed SGC by KCMG team is on a mission to climb up to the top of the standings as they travel this August 27 and 28 to the Okayama International Circuit for Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2011 campaign. Thompson’s victory at Motegi brought him within 23 points of the championship leader. And with 24 points up for grabs this weekend at Okayama, he knows that a strong showing in both races is a must if he wants to keep his championship hopes alive. 
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Monday, 27 June 2011 11:19

Gary Thompson's road to Formula One

Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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Even before he was old enough to get a driver's license, Gary Thompson was already busy racking up the victories on the race track. The young Irishman practically grew up in the circuits around the world - racing in go karts, Formula BMW, and more recently in the Japanese Formula 3 series. With a natural talent for speed and a dedicated team behind him, Gary surely has his sights fixed on Formula One to join the ranks of fellow countrymen Ralph Firman Jr. and Eddie Irvine.  
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