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Following on from their success at the 3 Hours of Fuji this past weekend, Hong Kong racing power KC Motorgroup Ltd has now confirmed that it will compete in its third World Endurance Championship event this season on the 20th of October at Fuji Speedway.
Both Richard Bradley and Hiroshi Koizumi return behind the wheel of the blue and white Morgan-Nissan LMP2 racecar for the 6 Hours of Fuji, and are joined by another Japanese driver for the event, 2007 and 2008 Formula Nippon Champion, Tsugio Matsuda. He has raced with KCMHG before in 2011, competing in the Formula Nippon Sprint Cup series, following that on with his successes in the higher tiers of Japanese single-seater racing.
Matsuda-san is also considered as one of the top drivers in both Super Formula and Super GT, competing currently with the Impul outfit. KCMG’s rise through the endurance racing scene has impressed many, especially with competitive outings at the 6 Hours of Silverstone and the 24 Heures du Mans in the WEC, along with its two wins so far in Korea and Japan in the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series.
It has been a historic timeline so far for Paul Ip’s squad, who said that the team has come on in leaps and bounds since its baptism under fire at Silverstone this April, just a short time after taking delivery of its now proven Morgan LMP2 a few weeks earlier.
“To be back in the World Endurance Championship means a lot to the team and for it to be held in Japan makes it all the more meaningful as we’ve been racing here since 2008,” said Ip, who was confident that success was once again potentially on the cards against a bigger depth of drivers in a very competitive category. ”I’m confident with the new driver lineup that we’ll have in the WEC Fuji event and for sure, Matsuda-san, Koizumi-san and Richard together with our Japan WEC crew will make a strong and competitive team.”
Bradley is excited at the prospect of competing in his first world championship event since karting in 2009, with the prospect of representing KCMG at Le Mans in the future: “It will be great to have it in Japan where I have built up a lot of fans and friends in the past two and a half years of racing here. I believe that the team and I have prepared well since Asian Le Mans, which will also be held in Fuji and I am sure that we will be a strong force in this race and can deliver a good result.”
This will be Koizumi-san’s second outing with KCMG alongside Bradley, and said that it was another “big achievement” to be part of the team fighting for class honours, saying that it was another step closer to his “dream of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.” The Japanese driver was also thankful for this new opportunity to race with the team again: “I’d like to thank Paul Ip and the rest of the KCMG WEC team for putting their confidence in me. I’m very happy and looking forward to race and work further with the team in October.”
Matsuda-san was pleased to be confirmed as a WEC driver with the Hong Kong outfit once again, saying that it is “honour to represent a great team who recently made a mark in motorsport history.” He was clear to point out the success of KCMG and is “I’m happy to be given a chance to contribute more to that success. I’m looking forward to working with Koizumi-san, Richard and the rest of the team.”
The sixth race of the World Endurance Championship takes place on October 20th as the fight between Audi and Toyota is the main battle that all are talking about in the headlines, but the LMP2 category shows its class on the track, with many different teams and drivers hopeful of taking a welcome victory against their rivals. KCMG is going from strength to strength, which is only set to continue, with China being well represented in the world of endurance racing.