THE NEWS

Sonoma Raceway

The last race weekend of the 2017 season arrived with beautiful weather and an awesome track. Sonoma Raceway has continued to improve their facility and track over the years and is a top notch motorsports venue. Not to mention located in the heart of the California wine country!

Qualifying went well, with Mark putting in a solid effort and placing P11.  The shifting issues of the past several races had been solved by the McLaren engineers and both Mark and the Tender Belly KPR McLaren were set and ready to race. Round 17 started at 5:15pm in the setting sun.  Mark made a good rolling start and soon was engulfed in a heated battle lasting most of the race. In dramatic fashion, Mark made an awesome pass on the #10 of Tony Gaples in the last corner of the last lap to take P10 overall and P2 in GTSA! That put Mark 1 point ahead of Tony in the season championship points in GTSA with one race to go.

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Dodging Hurricane Harvey at Circuit of the Americas

Rounds 15 and 16 of the Pirelli World Challenge 2017 season were held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hurricane Harvey was making landfall in Corpus Christi and flooding Houston in the days before the scheduled move in day at the track, and things were looking dicey for awhile. Fortunately for the competitors, Harvey spun away from Austin and the rain the city got was easily handled by existing infrastructure. The race was declared “on”!

Mark had experienced shifting difficulties with the car at Utah and McLaren sent one of their top engineers to work the race with the KPR team.  Things got sorted, with the steering wheel found to be the culprit of the problems. Mark set out to qualify after 2 good practice sessions but things just did not gel and he qualified P23.

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Gremlins Resurface at Utah Motorsports Campus

The Tender Belly KPR McLaren was prepped and ready to run strong at the Utah Motorsports Campus. Things were going well throughout the promoter test day and Qualifying.  Mark started Round 13 P14 and ran strong, working his way up to P7.  He faded a bit towards the end and finished P10.  Some glitches with the shifting of the car had begun to surface and McLaren engineer Hansel worked diligently all evening to source the problem. 

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Mid Ohio Sports Car Course Rounds 11 and 12

Rounds 11 and 12 were held at the very popular Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Thursday was a promoter test day, allowing the team to dial in both the car and driver for a successful weekend of racing. Fridays first official practice session saw Mark in P7, a great start! Qualifying was up next, and the Tender Belly McLaren finish P15, not the best effort but in these 50 minute races there is a lot of time to make up ground.

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Rounds 9 and 10 at Road America!

Rounds 9 and 10 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series GTS/GT4 class were contested at the long Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The track is a good one for the McLaren and Mark made good use of that benefit. Qualifying saw the Tender Belly McLaren positioned in P15, not exactly where we wanted.  Round 9 action was a very exciting race for the KPR Tender Belly McLaren. Mark was gridded P15 but a glitch with the car forced him to stop on track, putting him to the back of the GTS field on the start. He began quickly working his way back and had a great run, complete with a spin and recover to move all the way up to a P9 finish! Round 10 started with Mark’s favorite, the standing start. The start was immediately yellow flagged to remove 2 cars stuck on the front straight.

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Lime Rock Park Success!

Arriving at Lime Rock Park, the team awaited parts and a fix from McLaren for the ongoing problems with the car. McLaren sent over Anthony Smith with parts from England in time to get the car ready for the weekend.  McLaren engineer Xavi Ramon was also on hand to insure a better result. Wet, cold conditions had the teams switching between rain tires and slicks. Mark stayed on slicks and was able to drive a fantastic controlled race from start to finish! A big congratulations to Mark Klenin!! 4th place overall in the Tender Belly KPR McLaren and 1st place in the Amateur class!! Just a fantastic drive in wet/drying/wet conditions in Round 7 at Lime Rock Park.

Round 8 of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4 Series run at Lime Rock Park on Saturday was full of tight racing action throughout the field. Mark started the race in P4 and once again had a marvelous standing start, moving up to P2 by the first corner. A heated battle ensued, with Mark holding his own while being hit repeatedly by a competitor. An off in turn one dropped the Tender Belly KPR McLaren to P9. Mark was able to work his way back up to P8 at the finish for another strong round of racing. Penalties handed out post race have moved Mark up to P7 on the official results. The team is headed home for repairs and will head out to the next round at Road America, June 24th and 25th. Thanks once again to our sponsors Tender Belly and Premiere Copier as well as Xavi Ramon and Anthony Smith from McLaren. See you at Road America!

 

McLaren Gremlins Take Over

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4 Series were contested at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada. This track has proven to be a favorite of Mark’s and the Klenin Performance Racing Team was expecting a good result here.  The weather was a bit chilly but the rain stayed away during on track sessions.  Mark qualified P13 and had a good run going until mechanical issues with the McLaren’s turbo ended his run. Round 6 arrived  chilly, windy, and threatening rain.  Mark once again started P13 and immediately worked his way up to P8 with the drive of his life!  Unfortunately, the McLaren’s turbo issue returned and the day was done.  Hopefully McLaren will get a fix going in time for next weekends Lime Rock Park event. Thanks go to Tender Belly and Premiere Copier for their continued support!

Great Round 3 and 4 at VIR

Absolutely fantastic race weekend for the KPR Tender Belly McLaren at VIRginia International Raceway! Saturday, Round 3 saw Mark start P13 and finish P9. Starting Sunday’s Round 4 in P11 Mark worked his way up to P6 before having to pit to clear grass from the radiator. Great effort by Mark running fast consistent laps. Thanks to Tender Belly, Premiere Copier, and the McLaren support staff. See you at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park up next May 19-20.

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The opening rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT4 Series were held at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.  The weather was sunny, warm and breezy, perfect for a weekend of racing action!  The KPR crew debuted the brand new McLaren 570S GT4, recently acquired from McLaren in London, England. The new sponsor Tender Belly is featured prominently on the new livery of the bright orange car, and made their presence known by handing out over 1500 samples of their premium Certified Awesome bacon to the eager crowd surrounding the transporter.

Preliminary test sessions went very well, with Mark and the car performing flawlessly.  Qualifying saw a bit of a glitch in the electronics on the fast lap, putting Mark 13th on the grid for Round 1 the following day. McLaren sent over 2 support personnel to handle any teething problems for this first race debut of the car in the PWC series. They quickly sorted most of the issues that arose and the team was set for the first race.

Once again the weather was terrific, the crowd huge, and the overall atmosphere very festive as it always is in St. Petersburg. The field took off and Mark was able to move up through the field and finish in 11th place. A great first effort with the McLaren!

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Debut of the KPR McLaren 570S GT4

On Friday, February 24th, Klenin Performance Racing unveiled the new McLaren 570S GT4. The new car was put through it’s paces by driver Mark Klenin on the Streets of Willow track at the Willow Springs International Raceway. The bulk of the test was spent on systems familiarization and driver acclimation.

The test went fabulously well! Mark found the car to be quite intuitive to drive. Lap time was not the focus of the test but everyone was surprised at how fast Mark was able to go.  The car performed flawlessly in all areas.

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THE TEAM

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MARK KLENIN - DRIVER

Driver and owner of the #62 McLaren 570S GT4. A veteran professional entering his 6th year of PWC competition.

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JACKSON STEWART - CREW CHEIF/ENGINEER

Longtime owner of Unitech Racing, Inc. and manager of the KPR full time PWC effort since 2015.

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ERIC MEADE - CAR CHIEF

Eric has worked for Unitech Racing, Inc for many years and has been Car Chief for KPR since 2015.

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PETE HUMPHRIES - MECHANIC

A veteran crew member for many teams in many series, Pete is back with Unitech Racing, Inc. as the Mechanic for KPR.

THE CAR

 McLaren 570S GT4

GLOBALLY ELIGIBLE

 GT4 is an entry level into international GT racing.  Homologated to RACB standards, the 570S GT4 is eligible to compete around the world in all national and international GT4 championships and events including:  the GT4 European Series, British GT Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, 24H Series and Bathurst 12 Hours.

BORN ON THE ROAD

 Aside from sharing the same chassis with the road going 570S, the 570S GT4 features many identical components including the 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine.  In 2016, McLaren GT’s developmental 570S GT4 has completed over 6,000 miles of testing and competed in the full nine round British GT Championship to ensure the car is not only reliable but capable of winning races against well established and strong opposition.

SAFETY FIRST

 The 570S GT4 shares the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture with the other McLaren Sports Series cars.  The 570S GT4 is the first car of its type to utilize the MonoCell II technology, giving it a clear advantage in safety, strength and weight.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • POWERTRAIN:  3.8 liter twin turbo V8 M838T
  • COOLING:  Standard 570S plus front center high temp radiator
  • AERODYNAMICS:  Unique front splitter and floor assembly, front dive planes, GT4 Spec adjustable rear wing
  • TRANSMISSION:  7 speed SSG
  • AXLE:  Center lock integrated hub and wheel bearing unit, handed side to side with secondary wheel retention mechanism
  • WHEELS:  OZ center lock cast magnesium alloy, FR 9″x18″, RR 11″x18″
  • TIRES:  Pirelli racing slicks, FR 265/645/-18″, RR 305/680-18″

  • SUSPENSION: Penske two way adjustable dampers, air jacks
  • SEAT:  Winged headrest, FIA approved 8855 spec
  • BODY:  Aluminum and carbon fiber panels
  • CHASSIS:  McLaren carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis, aluminum front and rear frames and crash structures
  • WHEELBASE:  2,674 mm, 105.27 inches
  • WIDTH:  2,095 mm, 82.48 inches
  • HEIGHT:  1,179 mm, 46.41 inches

THE SERIES

2017 will be the 28th year of competition for the Pirelli World Challenge Series. Klenin Performance Racing will once again compete in the highly competitive GTS class, featuring GT4 homologated cars of various manufacturers including McLaren, Camero, Mustang, Sin, KTM, Ginetta, and Aston Martin.

All 18 races (9 weekends) will be in the Sprint format with 50 minute single driver contests. GTS will also be eligible to compete in the SprintX races, featuring two drivers and 60 minute length races.

STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG

ROUND 1 AND ROUND 2

St. Petersburg, Florida

March 10-12, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 1  –  Round 2  –  Standings

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

ROUND 3 AND ROUND 4

Alton, Virginia

April 28-30, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 3  –  Round 4  –  Standings

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK

 ROUND 5 AND ROUND 6

Bowmanville, Ontario Canada

May 19-21, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 5  –  Round 6  –  Standings

LIME ROCK PARK

  ROUND 7 AND ROUND 8

Lakeville, Conneticut

May 26-27,2017

Qualify  –  Round 7  –  Round 8  –  Standings

ROAD AMERICA

 ROUND 9 AND ROUND 10

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

June 23-25,2017

Qualify  –  Round 9  –  Round 10  –  Standings

MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

 ROUND 11 AND ROUND 12

Lexington, Ohio

July 28-30, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 11  –  Round 12  –  Standings

UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS

 ROUND 13 AND ROUND 14

Grantsville, Utah

August 11-13, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 13  –  Round 14  –  Standings

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

  ROUND 15 AND ROUND 16

Austin, Texas

September 1-3, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 15  –  Round 16  –  Standings

SONOMA RACEWAY

  ROUND 17 AND ROUND 18

Sonoma, California

September 15-17, 2017

Qualify  –  Round 17  –  Round 18  –  Standings

THE GALLERY

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CONTACT US

 KPR HEADQUARTERS

Unitech Racing, Inc.

3335 75th Street West

Rosamond, CA 93670

jackson@unitechracing.com