Alexandre Imperatori returns to KCMG squad for Le Mans 24 Hours

Switzerland's Alexandre Imperatori will return to the Chinese KCMG LMP2 squad for the Le Mans 24 Hours and other selected World Endurance Championship events in 2014

Alexandre Imperatori returns to KCMG squad for Le Mans 24 Hours

Imperatori, who drove KCMG's Morgan-Nissan LMP2 at Le Mans last season and in the Silverstone WEC round, will race the team's new ORECA-Nissan 03 alongside full-season signings Richard Bradley and Matt Howson.

Team boss Paul Ip said: "Alex did a good job for us last year and we want continuity.

"He is confirmed for four rounds so far, including Le Mans."

Two-time Formula Nippon champion Tsugio Matsuda, who drove the Morgan at the Fuji WEC race, has been confirmed for the Silverstone opener on April 20 and the Austin round in September.

Ip explained that he had looked for a Chinese driver to contest the full season alongside Bradley and Howson, but was unable to find the right person.

KCMG will again contest the Asian Le Mans Series, most likely with another ORECA in place of its Morgan.

It also plans to expand to run a Group CN car in Asia after the opening up of the series to the cars that run in the VdeV and SPEED championships in Europe ahead of the introduction of the new LMP3 class in 2015.

shares
comments
Nissan's Le Mans racer ZEOD to run full powerplant in Ricard test

Previous article

Nissan's Le Mans racer ZEOD to run full powerplant in Ricard test

Next article

Strakka Dome LMP2 WEC car to make testing debut this week

Strakka Dome LMP2 WEC car to make testing debut this week
Load comments
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021
Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship Plus

Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about

WEC
Apr 30, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Plus

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Plus

How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021