Hong Kong-based KCMG returns to the Nordschleife with a single Porsche 991.2 GT3R for this year’s ADAC Total 24h Race at the Nürburgring. KCMG regulars Alexandre Imperatori, Edoardo Liberati and Josh Burdon remain part of the driver line-up while Porsche favourite Marco Holzer is added.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, KCMG has scaled down to a single Porsche 991.2 GT3R for its Nürburgring programme. 2021 marks the squad’s second year with the Porsche brand.
Marco Holzer joins the team on the back of a 15th place finish and SP9/GT3 Pro-Am class victory in last year’s ‘N24’. The Bavarian has extensive Nordschleife experience, having raced with teams such as Manthey Racing, Haribo Racing and most recently, Huber Motorsport.
KCMG’s programme consists of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) pre-season test, first three NLS races, Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race, and the Nürburgring 24 Hours itself.
Since making its debut in the Eifel classic two years ago, KCMG has struggled to put speed and potential into results with its best finish being a 13th place in 2020.
The 2021 season of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series kicks off on 27 March and is preceded by the annual pre-season test one week earlier. Click HERE for the SP9/GT3 entry list.
Alexandre Imperatori: “After a long winter I’m stoked to be back with the team for another year of competing at some of the world’s best endurance races, with the Nürburgring 24 Hours as the pinnacle. We have good experience with the Porsche 911 GT3R on the Nordschleife from last year and with the addition of Marco to our line-up we will aim to be competitive from the get-go. I feel we are in a much stronger position than at this stage last year and I’m looking forward to getting back on track.”
Edoardo Liberati: “I can’t wait to start the new season. It looks very promising for us, we all learned a lot last year and the experience will help us face the 2021 NLS season and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. I want to thank KCMG for trusting me and for putting together a very strong squad, I’m very happy to share the cockpit again with Alex and Josh and wish a warm welcome to Marco.”
Josh Burdon: “I’m very excited to get the season started. It’s our second year as a team with Porsche on the Nordschleife and we have all been working hard during the off-season. Our goals are clear and I can’t wait to be part of the challenge. I’m very happy to be re-joining Alex and Edo and welcoming Marco to our car.”
Marco Holzer: “I´m very happy to join KCMG for the NLS and Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2021. It’s really cool to be racing the Porsche 911 GT3R on one of my favourite race tracks in the world. I’m looking forward to working with the team and being back behind the wheel soon.”
Matt Howson, team manager: “2020 was a difficult year for racing during the pandemic, but we’re confident our hard work over the winter means KCMG will be better than ever in 2021. I’m extremely happy to continue our relationship with Porsche at the Nürburgring, and with an immensely strong driver line-up in Alex, Edo and Josh, further strengthened by the arrival of an N24 class winner and Porsche veteran in Marco Holzer. We’re ready for the challenge ahead!”
Paul Ip, team founder: “It was amazing to see our cars on the world’s most fearsome track in 2020, so we’re very excited to see the KCMG name associated with Porsche at the Nürburgring for a second season. We are delighted to welcome Marco to the team, he brings incredible ability and experience of the Nordschleife to the team. Alex, Edo and Josh work really well together and Marco will only help to improve that balance. Together they can be very competitive and we’re anticipating a strong season. Of course, we would like to be running two cars again but the impact and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic means that it’s sensible for us to just run the one Porsche 911 GT3R, but we believe we can still have a positive year with extra focus and dedication on that single entry.”
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