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New teams all over Europe are working on their projects to participate in the MAXI ENDURANCE 48. Speed Lover (Belgium), GC Automobile (France) or RCA Racing (Spain) are some of these new racing teams looking for drivers in order to race.

MAXI ENDURANCE 48 has received new requests from teams all over Europe to participate in its first edition held at Circuito de Navarra on March 14-17. Speed Lover, from Belgium, GC Automobile, from
France, or the Catalan team led by Josep María Montaner, RCA Racing, are some names currently in talks with several drivers to close their racing projects for this challenge consisting of 48 hours.

Speed Lover is one of the best Belgian endurance teams, taking part in classic events such as Spa-Francorchamps or Zolder 24 hours races, where they were able to take class win. The Belgium´s team
plans to field a Porsche 997 Cup 2012 in “Maxi Cup”. Regarding GC Automobile is another French endurance specialist, mainly with its GC10-V6, a very reliability car with chances for fighting for top-places in MAXI ENDURANCE 48.

When talking about motorsport in Spain, RCA Racing is sure one of the most important names. This team from Catalunya has a rich history taking part in GT and touring car championships, achieving important successes in the Iberian Peninsula and owning a winning background.

For further details about these and other teams, please visit our market on our webpage: Market.

MAXI ENDURANCE 48 is a milestone in motorsport history. The organization, the track and the teams are ready for the challenge. In the future history books will mention these drivers racing in the longest race in the world, a distant March of 2013. Last but not at least, the microclimate in Los Arcos is a guarantee for celebrating the race with excellent weather conditions.

For more information on the MAXI ENDURANCE 48H please visit http://maxiendurance48.com/ or contact press@maxiendurance48.com

Autorlando SportAutorlando Sport is a Porsche factory team, with twenty years of experience, and more than thirty-five in motorsport for the team owner Orlando Redolfi, they attend in international and national championship in the last 10 year with Porsche RSR, GT3 R and Cup. They manage also historic rally Gr. 4 cars.

Orlando Redolfi, Team Principal of Autorlando Sport talks with Maxi Endurance 48 about their plans and motivation to do this 48h race:

What do you think of Maxi Endurance 48? Do you like the challenge?
OR. “I think it’s an extreme formula, challenging and intriguing. You should make for double all the preparation strategy in all filed we are used to do for a 24h races. Drivers and team should find the best combination to preserving the car and the engine and the gearbox. Essential will be managing human resources: drivers, mechanics, technicians, will have to be at their top for 48 hour + at least 6/8 hours for the preparation of the start, will be a strong mental and physical challenging. At least but not last, lots of passion and work!”

What do you like most about this special race?
OR. “I like it because it is a new challenge and big, unknown but at the same time exciting. Only imagining how will be the resources management and unexpected fact before the finish line, only this idea bring rush adrenaline in all our veins.”

What kind of car will you use for this race?
OR. “We are planning to attend at this extreme race with our Porsche GT3 R at high top conditions, considering reliability this car showed in the endurance races. Moreover we are working in finding budget and drivers for a second car like GT3 Cup, in order to keep down the fixed costs, and have more possibility in finding the budget”.

Are you still looking for drivers?
OR. “Yes, because finding the right combination in this context of economic global crisis is not easy. It will be an expensive commitment and being a new event, there will be to work to attract the interest of sponsors and drivers.”

See you at the longest circuit race in the World?
OR. “The intention is to be present and to face the competition with the goal to be the protagonist”

Team’s Contact:
If you are interested in knowing more about Autorlando Sport, please contact the team at the following:
Autorlando Sport
Rossella Redolfi
Competizioni@orlandor.com
+39 33 88 364 356
www.orlandor.com

For more information on the MAXI ENDURANCE 48H please visit http://maxiendurance48.com/ or contact press@maxiendurance48.com.

Shahaan EngineerShahaan Engineer will remain with leading squad Fortec Motorsports for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup after today, Monday, 21st January, finalising a new deal with the reigning champion team.

The teenager delivered a highly successful debut season in single-seaters last year in the ultra-competitive Northern European series, ending the championship seventh in the standings from more than 50 registered drivers and finishing 2012 as the best of the car racing rookies.

“I’m pleased to have re-signed with Fortec for this year, I had a great first season in cars with the guys last year and I know we can build strongly on that this season”, said Shahaan, “The new car will obviously be a fresh challenge but one I’m really looking forward to, it should be an exciting year.”

Shahaan produced a number of stand-out performances in 2012 where he was the youngest racer in the championship. Qualifying third fastest on his debut weekend at Hockenheim in Germany, the then 16-year-old went on to solidify his position among the prime challengers.

Achieving his first category pole position at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, part of a triple front-row qualifying performance during the penultimate event of the season, the young driver went on to take back-to-back podium finishes and accrue the highest points score of anyone that weekend.

Speaking on the opportunity to continue working with Shahaan, Fortec’s Jamie Dye said: “We are delighted to re-sign Shahaan, 2012 saw the strongest grids in NEC yet and it was a learning year for Shahaan against tough competition in his first full season of racing in single-seaters.

“It was a great learning opportunity for him and by achieving double poles mid-season and strong finishes along the way, including back to back podiums, it gives him the strength and experience to attack from the start of the new season. Fortec would like to thank Shahaan for the faith he has shown in the team and we wish him the best of success for the coming season.”

Germany’s Hockenheimring will host the opening weekend of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC action on 6th/7th April before the series visits the Nurburgring, Silverstone in the UK, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Assen in The Netherlands and Most in the Czech Republic. Zandvoort in The Netherlands will be the venue for the championship finale over the weekend 12th/13th October.

Keep up-to-date with Shahaan’s latest news during the year at www.shahaan.com follow him on Twitter @ShahaanEngineer and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShahaanEngineer

Max ChiltonMax Chilton’s former karting boss says Marussia’s new star will shine. Now the countdown to the first F1 Grand Prix of 2013 has begun, Max Chilton’s former karting boss is toasting his former protégé’s graduation to the Marussia race seat.

Steve Armstrong, owner of the hugely successful RL Racing Department team, guided 21-year old Chilton from his formative days competing in club events at Buckmore Park, right the way through to podium success in Europe.

“I am absolutely thrilled for him,” said Armstrong speaking from his HQ at the internationally renowned PFi circuit in Lincolnshire. “Max thoroughly deserves his opportunity. Even as a youngster he was very focused about where he wanted to be ultimately and he dedicated himself to achieving it. Now he’s done it and I am really proud of him.”

The pair first started working together in 2002, when Armstrong worked for the Scholartech outfit. From these early beginnings, Max progressed from Cadet into Junior TKM and a year later he dovetailed TKM with JICA. It was in the latter class that he really began to make a name for himself, as Steve recalls: “I remember the Champions Cup race in Rome was one such highlight. Max won the first final and took 2nd in the following race. He completed the year as a seeded driver in both the Super One classes and as a works Maranello driver.”

Aged 14, Chilton moved to the T-Car championship for two seasons before switching to the British F3 series.

“Education played a big part in his life. So Max didn’t quite do the same amount of racing that many of his contemporaries did. His beating many of them to an F1 race seat highlights his ability. I saw his potential during our time together in karts and he’s such a nice kid too. We still speak regularly, so it is good to know that he remembers his roots and those who have played their part on his journey from karting to the Grand Prix grid. Now he’s got his chance, I’m sure he will grab it with both hands and he will impress many people, including F1’s bigger teams.”

For more information about racing with RL Racing Department, call Steve today on 07843 586 416 or contact him via accounts.rlracingdept@live.co.uk. For all the latest team news, go to www.rlracingdepartmentltd.com

Photo by Chris Walker/Kartpix.

 

 

Craft Racing AMRHong Kong racing team Craft Racing AMR, completed a stellar performance in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this past weekend in the 24 hours of Dubai to give the team a stunning 3rd place overall out of an international 85-car field, completing 594 laps of the Dubai Autodrome. It was an exciting race from beginning to end with Craft Racing AMR taking their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 up to 3rd place in the final hour of the grueling 24 hour endurance race.

The Hong Kong team was led by Hong Kong racing drivers Frank Yu and Darryl O’Young, together with Tomonobu Fujii of Japan and Aston Martin works drivers Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner. All drivers drove well making absolutely no mistakes throughout the entire race weekend to help the team earn this result.

The green flag dropped for the 24 hours of Dubai on Friday January 11th at 2pm with Craft Racing AMR starting the race in 3rd position overall. After facing some bad luck during safety car periods and enduring a couple minor technical issues, the team found themselves down as low as 22nd place in the early part of the race.

However, the team never gave up and fought back up the field getting involved in several on track battles throughout the entire 24 hours. The team made perfect pit stops and the drivers drove quick lap times, which included Stefan Mucke putting down the fastest lap of the entire race with a lap time of 1:59.47 seconds.

Craft Racing AMR slowly climbed back up the leader board and held 5th place for several hours through the night. As the sun rose at 7am, the team made a further push forward and in the final hour of the race, stormed past the German Fachs Auto Tech Porsche to grab the coveted podium spot.

This result gives Hong Kong its first-ever international endurance race overall podium, an achievement the team is extremely proud of.

Frank Yu, team founder and Hong Kong race driver said, “This result is for Hong Kong, we have worked extremely hard over the past few months to prepare for this race and it has proved very successful, this result is a dream come true. It was our teams first ever attempt at the Dubai 24 hours and our target was to finish the race, but being on the podium is a major bonus. A special thanks to Aston Martin Racing who gave our team valuable support throughout the race week, and also to the drivers who avoided mistakes during the entire 24 hours and this contributed hugely to the podium finish!”

Team Principle Mark Goddard added, “It was a remarkable race! We focused on team work from the outset of this weekend, as we knew we had great and reliable racecar in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Minimizing mistakes was the key to this success and I’m extremely proud of all the drivers, team engineers and mechanics as minimizing mistakes was exactly what we did. We have to thank all the team sponsors this weekend and a special thank you to John Gaw from Aston Martin Racing as they gave us the support we needed, including their two AMR works drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke who drove stunningly.”

Hong Kong’s top GT race driver Darryl O’Young, made his debut for Craft Racing AMR and the Dubai 24 hours this weekend, “This race was suspenseful for the entire 24 hours. Craft Racing AMR is a great team and its fantastic to be a part of this Hong Kong racing outfit. The team was determined to comeback and the final 10 hours of the race were flawless. This gave us the chance to claw back up the leader board and when the opportunity came in the final hour of the race, we grabbed it and never looked back. I’m very proud of the entire team and this is a brilliant result for Hong Kong and China.”

The next outing for Craft racing AMR will be the inaugural race of the Asian Le Mans Series scheduled for May 5, 2013 in Zhu Hai, China. The team’s Aston Marting Vantage GT3 will be shipped back to its base in Zhu Hai in preparation for the season.

OAK RacingOAK Racing’s manufacturer department Onroak Automotive has sold its first Morgan LM P2 chassis in Asia to Chinese outfit KCMG. The car will be entered in the Asian Le Mans Series, a new championship comprising six events organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. It’s a deal that has also prompted OAK Racing to set-up an Asian office in order to provide full technical assistance.

Established by Hong Kong national Paul Ip in 2007, KCMG has contested a number of high profile championships throughout Asia including Japan’s Formula Nippon, Super GT300 and Formula 3 categories, as well as Formula Masters China and the Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC). Indeed, almost ten cars sport the team’s colours across the continent.

Now the fresh challenge of a sports-prototype endurance programme will be added to KCMG’s schedule in 2013, with the team also hoping to secure an invitation from the ACO for a place at the Le Mans 24 Hours. And in addition, Ip is keen to contest Asia’s WEC rounds at Fuji in Japan and Shanghai in China towards the end of the season.

Paul Ip, KCMG owner: “The Asian Le Mans Series calendar has no events scheduled between October and November so would allow us to participate in two world championship rounds at circuits we already know. To be accepted by the Le Mans 24 Hours selection committee this February in the same year as the Asian Le Mans Series’ launch would be a full acknowledgement of both our team and the series itself. KCMG will be running the Morgan LM P2 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.”

Jacques Nicolet, OAK Racing and Onroak Automotive owner: “We are very excited about this agreement and will fully support Paul Ip and his KCMG team as customers. We will establish a local outpost in Asia that allows us to provide them with genuine technical assistance throughout the season. They, as well as other customers racing a Morgan LM P2 in the Asian Le Mans Series, will benefit from the support of our engineers and the servicing of spare parts. Indeed, we fully intend to invest for the long-term future throughout the area as part of our entire group’s activities.

“At the same time, should KCMG’s application for the Le Mans 24 Hours be accepted by the ACO’s selection committee, we would be eager to offer the Chinese team our technical, logistical and human experience of this iconic event in an effort to ensure they succeed first time out.”

Ip will soon visit OAK Racing’s Le Mans workshops before personally presenting his own application to the ACO.

This season’s Asian Le Mans Series begins at Zhuhai in China on May 4/5.

Photo by Frédéric Le Floc’h/DPPI.

BMW M3Plans continue to progress for this exciting new challenge, designed for lovers of strategy and endurance racing. John Cowan, Team Principal of Spirit Motorsport talks with us about their plans and motivation to do this 48h race:

What is Spirit Motorsport Ltd?
JC. “We are a motorsport team specialised in providing a full management service for aspiring GT racing drivers, helping them to harness their talent – and to take them all the way to participating in and winning the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The company is made up of 3 divisions undertaking different roles. These include the racing team, driver management services and the brokerage of race and road cars.

We provide tailored packages for racing drivers so that they can reach their own personal goals for either testing or racing, along with full PR and hospitality support.”

What kind of car will you use for this race?
JC. “BMW M3 E46 in the MAXI CUP category. This is a fast, rugged and well-proven package with which we have had a lot of experience – and success. A similar car just won the recent Silverstone 24 Hours; there is no reason why a well-run E46 cannot do the same in the longest race in the world!”

What do you think of Maxi Endurance 48? Do you like the challenge?
JC. “The concept of a 48 Hour race greatly excites us. Normally in endurance the distance is anything from 3 to 24 hours with factors such as driver fitness, fuel use, tyre wear and changing weather meaning that strategy has to be dynamic. Here that challenge is doubled with more factors such as driver and crew fatigue playing a greater role.”

What do you like most about this special race?
JC. “It is a BIG challenge. If taking part in a 24 Hour race is the motorsport equivalent of climbing Everest, then the Maxi Endurance 48 Hours is like a trip to the moon.”

Are you still looking for drivers?
JC. “Yes, we still have several seats available in what we believe will be a very competitive package, targeting a strong overall result.”

See you at the longest circuit race in the World?
JC. “Absolutely. We’ll be there!”

Team´s Contact:
If you are interested in knowing more about Spirit Motorsport, please contact the team at the following:

SPIRIT MOTORSPORT
John Cowan
TeamPrincipal@Spirit-Motorsport.com
+44 (0) 1603 759425 (office)
+44 (0) 7899 093794 (mobile)
www.Spirit-Motorsport.com

For more information on the MAXI ENDURANCE 48H please visit http://maxiendurance48.com/ or contact press@maxiendurance48.com

Turvey joins Jota SportJota Sport will welcome one of Britain’s most exciting young racing talents into its fold for the 2013 season after inking a deal with McLaren development driver Oliver Turvey.

The 25-year-old will join Jota Sport regular Simon Dolan in the team’s Zytek-Nissan LMP2 for the full European Le Mans Series campaign while also contesting selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including a planned assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours pending invitation from the ACO.

Penrith-born Turvey first rose to prominence in 2006 by winning the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, marking him out as one of the most promising talents in motorsport and securing a test with the multiple world title-winning Formula 1 squad. Backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, his progress continued with a runner-up finish in the 2008 British F3 championship before race-winning campaigns in F1 feeder series Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2.

2011 saw Turvey take on an increased role at McLaren as he formed part of the development driver line-up for the MP4-12C GT3 project. In 2012 he was appointed a reserve driver for the British marque’s iconic Formula 1 squad, testing the grand prix-winning MP4-27 in Abu Dhabi, while also continuing to undertake selected GT races in the MP4-12C.

Turvey joins Jota following a promising 2012 season for the British squad which saw a memorable LMP2 class victory at the 6 Hours of Spa and a spirited run at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Sam Hignett, Jota Sport Team Principal: “We are thrilled to start 2013 by announcing the signing of Oliver Turvey. Needless to say, it’s fantastic to have secured a driver of his undoubted ability and pedigree.

“In particular, we are delighted to have gained Oliver’s superb engineering knowledge and acumen. Despite his young age he can teach us a great deal, and I know that Simon as well as the technical team are eager to begin working with him.

“What’s more, signing Oliver is a clear indication of Jota’s ambition to succeed at the highest levels of world motorsport. By securing one of the most promising young talents available, we have made it clear that our goal for this year is to fight at the very front from the opening race and challenge for the championship.”

Oliver Turvey: “I am thrilled and delighted to be joining Jota Sport for the 2013 season. I am extremely excited to begin working with the team and can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the LMP2 car. I would like to thank Simon and Sam for putting their trust and support behind me. I look forward to a successful season with Jota Sport.

“I have been very impressed with both the facilities and preparation that Jota Sport have put towards the 2013 season and believe that we have a winning team ready to compete at the highest level.

“I would also like to thank Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for their continued support and allowing me to pursue this opportunity alongside my test driver role with the team. I am confident the experience I have working with one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 will benefit me in my preparations for LMP2.”

Jota Sport remain in discussions with potential drivers for the third seat at the team and will make an announcement in due course. Their first racing engagement of the season will come on home turf when the European Le Mans Series opens at Silverstone on April 13.

For further press information please contact Laura Hanson: l.hanson@jotagroup.com.

To keep up to date with the Jota Sport team follow them on Twitter: @JotaSport.

Jazeman Jaafar will stay with Carlin as he moves up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2013. Jaafar, who finished the 2012 British F3 International Series as vice champion, stays with former FR3.5 champions Carlin as he continues his career up the motorsport ladder.

The PETRONAS backed Malaysian took an impressive 15 podiums in British F3 this year as he fought for the title against team mate Jack Harvey. Jaafar took three wins in the British series, and one victory and three podiums in the F3 Euro Series, in which he completed three events. Prior to Formula 3, Jaafar competed in the Formula BMW Europe Championship and the Formula BMW Asia championship, of which he was champion at the tender age of 14.

In staying with Carlin for his FR3.5 campaign, Jaafar joins the only team to have won a race in every year of the championship’s history. Carlin have also won the drivers’ title on two occasions and were 2011 teams’ champions. The team has a strong history of producing future racing stars, with Sebastian Vettel, Jaime Alguersuari and Jean-Eric Vergne making the step into Formula 1 directly from Carlin’s Formula Renault 3.5 team.

In preparation for the challenges of 2013, 20 year-old Jaafar has already completed several promising test days with Carlin in the FR3.5 car and is confident of a strong rookie season.

Speaking about his new challenge, Jaafar said, “I’m very excited to be making the move up to Formula Renault 3.5 with Carlin which is obviously a team I know very well. Making the transition to FR3.5 has been easier because I’ve done it within Carlin and I already feel comfortable in the car. It’s a big step up from Formula 3 in terms of power and the level of downforce, but it’s a great package and a great car to drive. There will be a lot to learn next year but I’m confident that we have the potential to make the very most out

Trevor Carlin added, “We are delighted and very proud that PETRONAS have chosen to place Jazeman with us again in 2013. We’ve had the pleasure of having him as part of Carlin for the past three seasons and we’ve seen him mature and improve with every year. Jazeman is still very young, but now is the right time for him to make the step up to FR3.5 and based on his performance in testing, I expect him to improve even further in his rookie season in the series.”

The 2013 FR3.5 season will kick off in Monza in April, with pre-season testing taking place from February onwards. Jaafar’s team mate in the Carlin squad will be announced shortly.

Daniel Lloyd - Porsche GBCarrera Cup GB Scholar is now focused on a sustained title push.

Marking himself out as a consistent front-runner last season, Daniel – who races in support of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice based in West Yorkshire – is delighted to remain with the Stuart Parker-led team with which he built a tremendous working relationship in 2012.

“I really am so happy to be racing with Team Parker again, it’s fantastic to be back for a second year in Porsche Carrera Cup GB but even better to have the continuity of working with all of the guys we had such an amazing first season with last year”, said the 20-year-old.

“Stuart [Parker] runs such a professional team, always challenging at the front, and they’ve won lots of championships. It’s going to be a massive challenge to win the title, Porsche GB is the hardest and most competitive championship I’ve ever raced in, but with a full season’s experience behind me I’m confident we can really hit the ground running when the racing starts.”

As the first ever Scholarship Winner to be supported for a second season by Porsche GB, Daniel is clearly held in high regard and the securing of the MSA Academy driver’s signature for 2013 is a boost for Team Parker Racing.

One of the true mainstay squads in Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Team Parker Racing has been at the forefront of the British championship since it was inaugurated in 2003. Winning countless races and numerous titles, the Leicester Forest West outfit is eyeing continued success with Daniel this year.

“Dan had a tough but fantastic first year in the Carrera Cup”, said team principal Stuart Parker, “Now he knows the team, the car and the circuits and will be going all out to win the championship. It’s great to have such a fast and dedicated driver to spearhead the team.”

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the opening two rounds of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship over Easter Weekend, 30th/31st March, with the 20 round season coming to a conclusion just over six months later on 12th/13th October at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

Visit www.daniellloydracing.com for all the latest news and follow him on Twitter @Daniellloyd23

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.