Following a successful season running two McLaren 650S GT3s in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2015, K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports has announced plans to return to the series with a potentially three-car effort in 2016.
The championship winning teams merged for the 2015 season, with returning K-PAX Racing driver Robert Thorne and the addition of McLaren GT factory driver Kevin Estre. The new effort proved to be a breakout performance for the new McLaren 650S GT3, earning its first two worldwide wins on American soil. With Estre and Thorne, the team produced four wins and eight podiums while competing against a highly talented pool of drivers, teams and ten other automotive manufacturers.
“When you have two teams that are so established in their own arenas, a merge like ours could have been really difficult,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “The joining of K-PAX Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports was so seamless, we knew we were going to have something really great. It was an excellent opening year, and we’re very excited to return to the series with K-PAX owner Jim Haughey.”
In addition to the return of the No. 6 and No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3s, the team has completed the build of a third McLaren available for customer racing. Armed with a year of knowledge and data, the team has upgraded a K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C to the 650S model. Although the tub remains the same, the car has been equipped with all new suspension, bodywork and other upgrades.
“The strength and competitiveness of the 650S really showed this year, and we’re excited to be able to continue the expansion of our program by offering up a third car to a customer,” said K-PAX Racing owner Jim Haughey. “I’m looking forward to our continued progress and evolution as a team and look forward to another season in a race series as competitive as Pirelli World Challenge.”
“We have formed a solid relationship with McLaren,” continued Law. “They are great to work with, and the cars are fast and reliable. The support they provide us at events shows their commitment to their brand and their customer’s success with the McLaren GT program. We’re excited to keep developing this relationship and also continue to provide our customers with a high quality racing program on and off track as we prepare for another championship.”
The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season will showcase 20 races in 11 events at the best tracks North America has to offer. Kicking off March 3-6 at Circuit of the Americas and concluding October 9 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the upcoming Pirelli World Challenge season will play as an exciting platform for the world’s best to compete for the 2016 title.
The newest addition to the K-PAX racing with Flying Lizard garage will be available for testing in January 2016. Interested drivers can contact the team directly. Drivers for the No. 6 and No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3s will be announced at a later date.
Flying Lizard Motorsports Completes Build on Third McLaren
K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsport
An integration of two powerful, championship-winning teams, K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports has already enjoyed great success in Pirelli World Challenge with the McLaren 650S. Since joining the Pirelli World Challenge in 2007, K-PAX Racing has celebrated a total 72 podiums, 25 wins and three driver championships, solidifying the team as a continuous championship contender. Since 2004, Flying Lizard Motorsports has amassed 68 podiums and 25 wins in the American Le Mans Series and TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, clinching three driver championships and three class championships. The two teams have merged for a full season effort, racing two brand new 2015 McLaren 650S GT3s.
About McLaren GT
McLaren GT is the GT race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group established to develop, build and support the GT racing and track derivatives of the 12C sports car, and the 650S GT3. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the GT3 variants of the 12C and 650S, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition and the 12C GT Sprint.