Words by Christopher Kho
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Berjaya Auto Philippines, the local distributor of Mazda, may only be a few months old since they started operations in 2013, but they're now taking a big leap into motorsports. No, they're not going to race locally, but instead, they've inked a deal to back Filipina-American race car driver Michele Bumgarner on her campaign in the Mazda Road to Indy series. Yes, Michele is a she!
The Mazda Road to Indy was made to develop drivers, such as Michele, for the IZOD IndyCar Series - the top tier open-wheel formula race series in the USA. Think of it as the Formula 1 of North America, but racing on street courses, race tracks, and ovals. She'll be racing in the Pro Mazda Championship in 2014, driving a 495 kg single seat open-wheel formula car that's powered by a 1.3L Mazda-supplied Renesis rotary engine. And when she does, Michele will be the sole female driver not only in the Pro Mazda Championship, but the entire Mazda Road to Indy series.
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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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After a three-year hiatus, the Asian Le Mans Series is finally coming back in 2013. And who better to supply the tires during it's comeback season than Michelin.
Serge Grisin, Michelin’s Four-wheel Motorsport Program Director, and Mark Thomas, Managing Director of the Asian Le Mans Series, signed a deal which will see Michelin supply tires and associated services in 2013 to the Asian Le Mans Series. The event is organized by the Asian Endurance Operating Company Limited and sanctioned by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).
Words by Leo Lim | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motorsport Gmbh
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Last time I’ve seen a Hyundai on the World Rally Championship (WRC) stage was exactly 10 years ago when the Accent WRC battled it out with Evos and STIs. Sadly, their lackluster performance failed to land any podium positions in all the races they’ve joined. By then, it was a lost cause and Hyundai quietly packed their bags and walked out of the WRC.
But in 2012, they teased an i20 kitted out with a roll cage and stripped down to bare metal at the Paris Auto Show. Not much was said about the car other than Hyundai’s intention to return to WRC. Being a sceptic, I guess this was nothing more than a show and tell segment in Hyundai’s marketing tool box.
Photos courtesy of Automobile Club de l'Ouest
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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.
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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