K-Pax Racing announced Tuesday that it would field two McLaren 12C GT3 racecars in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season, according to Autoweek. K-Pax is looking to win its fourth championship in 2014 after securing the GT championship in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Piloting the new cars will be Alex Figge, a veteran driver who has won five Pirelli World Challenge races over the last three seasons and newcomer Andrew Thorne, who won a class championship in the 2012 United States Touring Car Championship.
“2014 sees the competitive debut for the 12C GT3 in the USA,” Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren GT’s managing director said in a statement. “K-PAX Racing has a formidable record in the Pirelli World Challenge and we are excited about the prospect of working closely with them. It’s quite simple, McLaren GT wants to win and K-PAX Racing prepares cars that have a proven track record at that. Seems like a perfect combination.”
The 12C GT3 utilizes the same carbon fiber MonoCell chassis and 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 as the road car. The engine is hooked up to a six-speed sequential transmission actuated by steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Figge and Thorne will be testing the new cars later this week at the famed Estoril racetrack in Portugal. Engineers from McLaren will be on hand to oversee the testing, as will engineers from K-Pax Racing.
“I’ve never been to Estoril but I can’t wait to drive on such an historic track,” Figge said. “Formula 1 raced there for 13 years and, even though I’ll only be testing a race car, I know I’ll be reminding myself that Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna raced on the same track. I can’t wait!”