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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soichiro Honda was once quoted saying: “If Honda does not race, there is no Honda.” And one of their biggest undertaking was Formula 1.
It started as early as the 60's where they enjoyed success as a full-fledged team. They then returned in the 80's as an engine supplier for McLaren and won the driver's and constructor's championship from '88 to '92 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Honda even had a short stint as a constructor a few years ago, until the company pulled the plug in 2008 due to limited success.
Sadly, Honda's motorsports program has been dormant for the past few years, which made us wonder wether Honda has lost their way. Well, I'm glad to let everyone know that their dry spell is almost over. That's because Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has just announced their return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from the 2015 season onwards as an engine supplier for McLaren once again.
With no existing Philippine dealer, I always had to follow SEAT's progress over the web and TV via the Wold Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Impressed, yes. Excited, well not really, that is until I saw their latest racing design concept. Enter the badass Leon destined to duke it out on the WTCC and other racing series in Europe: the SEAT Leon Cup Racer.
This is IT! The Manila Speed Show is set to start in less than 24 hours. Just imagine, for the first time in Philippine history, three, yes three, Lotus Formula 1 cars will be screaming down the roads of Manila. And the main star of the show will be none other than our very own, and current Lotus F1 Junior Team driver, Marlon Stockinger.
Scheduled on May 4 to 5, 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand and SM Mall of Asia, here's everything you need to know to watch the Manila Speed Show. Well, almost everything we could get our hands on at least.