KC Motorgroup

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Hong Kong KC Motorgroup
Founded2007
Team principal(s)Paul Ip
Current seriesFIA World Touring Car Cup
Intercontinental GT Challenge
Super Formula
NASCAR Xfinity Series (supported by Richard Childress Racing)
Former seriesFIA World Endurance Championship
China Touring Car Championship
Asian Formula Three Championship
Super GT
Clio Cup China Series
Hong Kong Touring Car Championship
Asian Le Mans Series
All-Japan Formula Three Championship
KCMG racing at Le Mans in 2013.

KC Motorgroup Ltd, known as KCMG, is an auto racing team based in Hong Kong. Founded by former racing driver Paul Ip in 2007, KCMG has participated in a variety of championships across the world in touring car, sports car, and open-wheel racing.[1]

History[edit]

KCMG entered the Formula Nippon series in 2010 as a Toyota customer team, with Katsuyuki Hiranaka finishing 12th. In 2011, Alexandre Imperatori finished 12th. In 2012, Ryo Orime finished 19th. In the 2013 Super Formula, Richard Bradley finished 21st. Yuichi Nakayama finished 20th in 2014, 16th in 2015, and 18th in 2016.

In 2013, KCMG expanded outside Asia with an entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans[2] before entering the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014, during which the team won three races.[3] The team went on to win the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category on its way to a second-place finish in the 2015 WEC season. However, in the following year, KCMG pared down its LMP2 participation to a one-off entry at Le Mans. KCMG did contest the full 2016 WEC season, albeit in the GTE Am category,[4] finishing fourth in what would be its final season in the championship.

Beginning in 2017, KCMG has partnered with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, sponsoring drivers Brandon Jones and Matt Tifft.[5]

Drivers[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 Hong Kong KCMG
47 Morgan LMP2 Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
United Kingdom Matthew Howson
China Ho-Pin Tung
LMP2 241 DNF DNF
2014 Hong Kong KCMG
47 Oreca 03R United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
LMP2 87 DNF DNF
2015 Hong Kong KCMG
47 Oreca 05 United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
France Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 358 9 1st
2016 Hong Kong KCMG 47 Oreca 05 Japan Tsugio Matsuda
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
United Kingdom Matthew Howson
LMP2 116 DNF DNF
78 Porsche 911 RSR Germany Christian Ried
Germany Wolf Henzler
Switzerland Joël Camathias
GTE Am 300 41st 10th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship participations[edit]

Year Class Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points WEP
pos.
2014 LMP2 United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
47 SIL
2
SPA
2
LMS
Ret
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
Ret
BHR
1
SÃO
1
130 3rd
2015 LMP2 United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Nicolas Lapierre
47 SIL
4
SPA
3
LMN
1
NÜR
1
COA
2
FUJ
Ret
SHA
3
BHR
2
155 2nd
2016 LMGTE Am Germany Christian Ried
Germany Wolf Henzler
Switzerland Joël Camathias
78 SIL
4
SPA
4
LMN
5
NÜR
EX
MEX
3
COA
2
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
2
125 4th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview of Paul Ip about Asian Le Mans Series". Endurance-Info. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "KCMG takes delivery of Morgan LMP2 car for Le Mans". Endurance-Info. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ Dagys, John (29 January 2015). "KCMG Confirms Purchase of First Oreca 05". Sportscar365. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ "WEC: KCMG drops LMP2 program". "Racer.com". 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Richard Childress Racing, KCMG expand partnership in 2018". NASCAR.com. April 2, 2018.

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