Withdrawn from Miller Motorsport Park: K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports
It is with great disappointment that K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports has withdrawn the No. 6 and No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3s from competition in Rounds 16 and 17 of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship at Miller Motorsport Park.
“I am a big fan of this series and have been racing here since 2007,” said K-PAX Racing Team Owner Jim Haughey. “We have won multiple championships in Pirelli World Challenge and it is a very unfortunate situation that we find ourselves in today.”
K-PAX Racing won the final Round of the 2014 season at Miller Motorsport Park and the team had high hopes of returning to defend that hard-earned win with their new cars and new united team efforts with Flying Lizard Motorsports.
Located well above sea level in Tooele, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park sits at an elevation of over 4,400 feet. The higher elevation levels required the series officials to adjust the Balance of Performance (BOP) specifically for turbocharged cars competing this weekend, lowering each car’s allowable boost to equalize the turbo cars against their naturally aspirated competitors. The BOP regulations put in place for this event demand that K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports run a maximum turbo boost level that is unachievable, regardless of engine tuning, with the homologated turbo and engine package the McLaren 650S GT3 was designed and built with.
“McLaren GT have been concerned about the boost correction methods used in Pirelli World Challenge,” said Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director of McLaren GT. “This has been communicated to the series and we have asked for changes prior to Miller. When the Miller BOP was released, it was clear that we could not achieve the boost levels and we have been in almost daily contact with our technical staff and Pirelli World Challenge personnel to try and find a solution for K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports to race. Unfortunately despite our best efforts we could not find a solution that was acceptable to Pirelli World Challenge.”
“These are FIA-homologated McLaren 650S GT3 race cars that can be used in competition all over the world including Europe, Asia and Australia, it is an amazing platform for a racing series” said Jim Haughey. We take great pride in always putting technically compliant race cars on track and we are sorry to say we are forced to withdraw.”
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Flying Lizard Motorsports
An integration of two powerful, championship-winning teams, K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports commences its first season as a combined effort in the Pirelli World Challenge. 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.