KC Motor Group Ltd. (KCMG) finished fifth in the second race of the ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring Qualifiers, confirming their strong pace on the fearsome Nordschleife as they continue to prepare for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Nürburgring at the end of May.
Earl Bamber took to the track in the Top 30 qualifying session and took eighth on the grid for Saturday night’s race. Dennis Olsen and Josh Burdon made solid progress over the three hour event, with the duo ascending to the net top three. With Bamber heading for the final stint, the team was forced to retire the #18 Porsche 911 GT3 R after an incident.
Nick Tandy and Bamber paired up for race two on Sunday morning, starting 21st after the British driver’s effort in Top Qualifying, his opening laps of the Nordschleife in 2022. Both drivers pushed through the field on the terrifying 25.378 circuit. kilometers and eventually finished the race as the leading Porsche in fifth place.
Qualifying was KCMG’s last chance to prepare on track for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and the team’s focus is now on preparing the car for a successful race weekend in the Black Forest on May 26-29.
“We kept improving all weekend, we worked well together as a team and showed an excellent pace. It was great to have Nick with us for the first time this season and we feel strong as a unit.”
“I am very happy to return to the Nordschleife and work with KCMG again. It was a baptism of fire for me as I did my first laps on the track this season during practice and qualifying. We had some work on Sunday, so to get from 21st to fifth was an excellent achievement. It’s a step in the right direction and it was great to come back here completely refreshed and get such a good result.”
“It was a promising weekend, especially on Sunday. Starting that far back and being able to push for fifth really shows how well the team has improved over the past few weeks on the Nordschleife. We learned a lot in these last two races and it was great to share the car with Nick.”
“Overall we had a good weekend, it was the first chance for the four of us to work together, and the team is doing a great job developing the car. We are in a strong position and we need to keep pushing that way.” we can build our pace around the Nordschleife. It was a shame to get stuck in the slower traffic during the first race, but it was a promising qualifying and I am happy with the result. †
MATT HOWSON TEAM MANAGER
“Qualifying is usually the best measure of what the team will face in the N24. Although we retired from Race 1 after an incident, we made great progress to finish fifth in Race 2 under difficult conditions. This result gives us great confidence in the build-up to the main event. Nick completed his first kilometers on the Nordschleife this season and further improvements have been made to the car, so now we are focusing on other aspects to develop in the run-up to the 24 Hours. The N24 isn’t just about being prepared, it’s ready for anything and in that regard we are very excited to get started!”
PAUL IP KCMG FOUNDER
“It was another solid weekend for KCMG at the Nürburgring, and a promising performance as we continue our preparation. The pace was high in the first race, so the retirement was a shame, but the team confirmed its competitiveness in Race 2, taking fifth place after a brilliant charge through the field. We have a positive feeling for the main event and the whole squad is looking forward to getting the 24 hours started. †
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