K-PAX Racing, winners of three GT Class championships in the Pirelli World Challenge sports car series, today announced it will field a pair of McLaren 12C GT3 cars in its quest to win a fourth championship in 2014.
Driving the McLarens will be Alex Figge, who has won five Pirelli World Challenge races in the last three seasons and Robert Thorne, who most recently won a class championship in the 2012 U.S. Touring Car Championship.
“2014 sees the competitive debut for the 12C GT3 in the USA,” said Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren GT’s managing director. “K-PAX Racing has a formidable record in the Pirelli World Challenge and we are excited about the prospect of working closely with them. It’s quite simple, McLaren GT wants to win and K-PAX Racing prepares cars that have a proven track record at that. Seems like a perfect combination.”
The Pirelli World Challenge campaign for K-PAX comes after a different team attempted to field a GTD spec McLaren in TUSCC, that deal though could not be concluded. Pirelli World Challenge looks set too to see the US debut of the Bentley Continental GT3 later this year, most likely in the hands of a well established North American sportscar racing team.
For the last five seasons, K-PAX Racing has fielded a pair of Volvo S60s and won more GT class races in the Pirelli World Challenge than any other manufacturer. “We beat Porsche, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford and many others,” said Jim Haughey, K-PAX Racing’s team owner. “We expect to win races this season and maybe even win a championship. Our upcoming trip to Estoril is the first step toward that goal.”
The team will test at Estoril with both team drivers later this week. Engineers from McLaren GT will be on site to oversee the testing along with race engineers from K-PAX Racing.
“I’ve never been to Estoril but I can’t wait to drive on such an historic track,” Figge said. “Formula 1 raced there for 13 years and, even though I’ll only be testing a race car, I know I’ll be reminding myself that Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna raced on the same track. I can’t wait!”