After a good 2014 season for KCMG in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with three LMP2 class wins and a third place in the class standings, looks like this year will mean growth for Paul Ip and his mates.
The plans for this season involved a purchase of the new ORECA 05 models, which would be racing with winner ORECA 03 from last year. But, not only they purchased the mentioned car, as well they put the ORECA 05 on the top of the LMP2 time charts of the Prologue test, confirming that the model is ready to fight for glory.
And now the Hong Kong-based team plans to use a second ORECA 05, which they already acquired. The car isn’t ready, as it is being built in France, but the initial plans were decided, as it can be included as a second car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The only thing on the way is that the KCMG entry is in the reserve list of the French endurance classic, right behind of the Riley Motorsport Viper GTS-R, meaning they will have to wait for any team to quit its Le Mans plans.
Further plans to the second machine include some FIA WEC races during the season, and maybe even a return to the Asian Le Mans Series, which the team already took part in 2013 with a Morgan LMP2.
At the moment the first car will have Matt Howson and Richard Bradley for the whole season, and Porsche’s Nick Tandy switching places with Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre.
Congratulations need to be given to one of KCMG young talents, as the New Zealander James Munro landed a ride with the team for the inaugural season of the Japanese F4 Championship. He continues in Asian motorsport after winning the title of the Formula Masters China Series in 2014 with 8 wins out of 18 races. Maybe in the future we can see him landing a ride in the FIA WEC.