Multimatic Motorsports

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Multimatic Motorsports
Private
Industry Motorsport
Founded 1992
Headquarters Markham, Ontario
Canada
Key people
Larry Holt, Team Principal
Sean Mason, Team Manager
Brian Jones, Team Engineer
Scott Maxwell, Lead Driver
Website [1]

Multimatic Motorsports is the competition arm of Multimatic Engineering. Founded in 1992, the team has competed in the Firestone Firehawk Series, Motorola Cup, IMSA Sports Car Championship, Grand American Road Racing Association, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Cup, Rolex Sports Car Series, KONI Sports Car Challenge and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Multimatic Motorsports celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012.

In late 2015, the Markham, Ontario organization set up Multimatic Motorsports Europe in Greatworth Park, UK, as a stand-alone base for its FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Pro effort, campaigning Ford GTs on behalf of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.[1]

The team currently campaigns a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C (car No. 15) in the IMSA Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge's GS class with drivers Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson.

Racing results[edit]

1992 - Won the Sports Class of the Canadian Firestone Firehawk Championship in the team's first year of competition. Scott Maxwell joined the team as primary driver of a factory supported Ford Taurus SHO. Maxwell won the Driver's Championship by a 600-point margin.

1993 – Won the Sports Class of the Canadian Endurance Road Racing Championship. Scott Maxwell won a second straight National Driver's Championship.

1995 – Engineered, developed and built an IMSA GTS class Mustang tube frame car which finished on the podium in its first outing at Lime Rock Park. Also won the four-door sedan class of the Car & Driver One Lap of America with a Ford Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV).

1999 – Won Ford its first ever Manufacturer's Championship in showroom stock racing while campaigning three Ford Mustang Cobras in the Motorola Cup North American Street Stock Championship.

2000 – Entered the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Lola B2K/40 using a Multimatic designed and built chassis. Multimatic Motorsports and drivers Scott Maxwell, David Empringham and Greg Wilkins won the LMP675 class. This is the only time a Canadian motorsports organization has won at the French endurance classic.[2]

2002 – Won the Grand Am Cup Championship campaigning two Porsche GT3 Cup[2] cars on behalf of Doncaster Racing. Scott Maxwell won the Driver's Championship.[3]

2003 – Inaugural Daytona Prototype class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona with the Ford Focus Daytona Prototype race car – designed, engineered and built by Multimatic.

2005 – Won the Grand Am Cup Championship campaigning the Multimatic designed, built and developed Ford Mustang FR500C. Multimatic driver David Empringham won the Driver's Championship.[4]

2006 – LMGT2 class winner at the 2006 12 Hours of Sebring competing as Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz with a Panoz Esperante GTLM.[5]

2008 – Won the KONI Sports Car Challenge GS title campaigning two Ford Mustang FR500C cars on behalf of Hyper Sport Racing. Scott Maxwell won the Driver's Championship with Joe Foster. [6]

2010 – Tasked by Ford Racing to engineer and build the new Mustang Boss 302R race car. Campaigned a two-car entry in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class for drivers Scott Maxwell, Joe Foster, Frank Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette. The duo of Maxwell and Foster posted three poles during the season (Barber, VIR and Trois-Rivieres) [7], but race results were hampered by reliability issues with the new car.

2011 – Multimatic Motorsports returned to the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with the #15 Mustang Boss 302R race car. Off season development by the team and Ford Racing made the car competitive in the GS class – Foster and Maxwell won at Barber and finished second at Daytona. [8]

2012 – Multimatic Motorsports celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching the largest racing program in its history [9]; campaigning four cars in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Multimatic Motorsports became an official partner to Aston Martin Racing, and debuted the Aston Martin Vantage V8 Grand-Am race car in the GS class. Notably Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster finished second at Barber Motorsports Park and third at Lime Rock Park. Tonis Kasemets and Jade Buford earned a third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. All told, the Aston Martins earned five top ten finishes during the year.

Also during 2012, Multimatic Motorsports debuted the turn-key Ford Racing Focus ST-R in the ST class, which is a racing version of the Ford Focus ST road car. The ST-R was under development during the year, and secured a respectable 5 top ten positions. [10]

2013 – Multimatic Motorsports continued its Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with three Aston Martin Vantage V8 Grand-Am race cars. The cars competed in the GS class.

2014 – Multimatic Motorsports reverted to its previously campaigned Ford Mustang Boss 302Rs for the [IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge]. The two cars (No. 15 for Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford, and No. 158 for Billy Johnson and Ian James) competed in the GS class in the colors of team partners Miller Racing. Maxwell and Buford finished the season tied 4th in points. [11]

2015 – Multimatic Motorsports continued with Ford Mustang Boss 302Rs for the first three rounds of the [IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge] before debuting the new Ford Performance Shelby GT350 R-C at Lime Rock Park.[3] The car exhibited competitive pace almost immediately, scoring three wins in its debut season.[4]

2016 - Multimatic Motorsports won the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge team championship. Multimatic drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell also won the drivers championship.[5] Multimatic also set up a UK motorsport base, Multimatic Motorsports Europe,[6] to operate Ford Chip Ganassi Racing's FIA WEC LMGTE Pro effort. The operation netted its first win with a 1-2 finish in round 7 at Fuji Speedway in Japan.[7]

Active drivers[edit]

Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell

Past drivers[edit]

Greg Biffle, Sébastien Bourdais, David Brabham, Kurt Busch, Patrick Dempsey, Milka Duno, David Empringham, John Farano, Joe Foster, Marino Franchitti, John Gaw, John Graham, James Gue, Ian James, Gunnar Jeannette, Bruno Junqueira, Tõnis Kasemets, Matt Kenseth, Andy Lally, Nick Mancuso, Michael Marsal, Tommy Milner, Frank Montecalvo, Anthony Polito, Chris Porritt, Jason Priestley, Bret Seafuse, Danny Sullivan, Harri Toivonen, Greg Wilkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Multimatic Motorsports Europe - TXM Academy". TXM Academy. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  2. ^ "911 GT3 Cup (Type 996) - Racing cars / Racing components - Motorsports - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG". 2007-11-11. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Inside the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R-C - Sportscar365". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Historical Results/Standings". International Motor Sports Association. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  5. ^ "GS Grand Sport". IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION, LLC. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Multimatic Motorsports Europe - TXM Academy". TXM Academy. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Ford Takes Emphatic 1-2 Victory in Japan". performance.ford.com. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 

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