As reported exclusively on DSC earlier today the #10 DragonSpeed BR1 Gibson LMP1 car has become the latest Le Mans entrant to carry Gulf Oils, this 50 years after Gulf’s second victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The #10 car also carries backing from both FAI Auto Parts and Trico windscreen wiper products – the latter also seen on Gulf’s victorious Ford GT40 in 1969!
The livery pays homage to Gulf’s three outright wins at La Sarthe – prominently displayed on the car’s tailfin – while the rear wing lists Gulf’s past world championship sportscar victories at ten legendary race circuits.
“It all sounds a little romantic, and I suppose it is,” said Gulf Oil International’s Head of Marketing, Alexandra Ip, “but Gulf is very proud of its incredible sportscar racing heritage, particularly at Le Mans, so when the opportunity arose to compete 50 years on with a competitive car in the top category, we couldn’t turn it down.”
“If any brand embodies the excitement, passion, and spirit of Le Mans, it has to be Gulf,” said Dragon Speed Team Principal, Elton Julian. “We are delighted to race in these famous colours and become part of Gulf’s amazing Le Mans and endurance racing history. We are proud to represent Gulf as we seek to capitalise on our recent performance gains and take the fight to our LMP1 rivals.”
DragonSpeed meanwhile boasts a growing sportscar racing pedigree, in 2019 becoming the first team to secure LMP2 class race wins in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, all achieved in a 4 month period!
The team also made its Indianapolis 500 debut last month, qualifying Britain’s Ben Hanley in its first visit to the famed Brickyard – no mean feat considering the stellar names who didn’t make it into the field.
Hanley will form part of the Gulf DragonSpeed driver lineup at Le Mans, together with Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Renger van der Zande of Holland and Swedish pilot Henrik Hedman. Fans should look out for Hedman’s spectacular Gulf Le Mans tribute helmet design.