THE NEWS

Fantastic 3 Day Test

Klenin Performance Racing took to the multi-turn Buttonwillow Raceway Park for 3 days of intense testing prior to the start of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season. Max Riddle, new co-driver for the 10 SprintX races, got his first seat time in the McLaren and was up to speed immediately. New crew members Kevin, Joe, and Adrian got familiar with the McLaren, while driver coach Stu Hayner worked with Mark and Max.  Data guru Chris Brown handled the immense amount of information that a modern race car generates.

Everyone was extremely happy with the performance of the car and drivers. Mark will be in the seat for St. Petersburg March 9-11 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Max will get his first opportunity to drive in the second event at COTA which features the first SprintX race of the 2018 season.

Max Riddle Joins KPR

 

DENVER, Colo. – Klenin Performance Racing today announced the addition of young road racing star Max Riddle to the KPR McLaren GTS driver lineup for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge series, North American’s top GT Production-based road racing tour.

Riddle, the 28-year-old former karting champion from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, will join full-time driver Mark Klenin of Lone Tree, Colo., for the ten GTS SprintX events this year in the No. 62 KPR/Premiere Copier McLaren 570S GT4 sports car.

Riddle last competed in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2016 when the personable Canadian racer captured the first-ever GTS SprintX drivers’ championship in the Sportsman division in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Max scored the SprintX Am/Am title with consistent runs in all of the events including finishing the podium (top-three) in every race and winning four of the six inaugural SprintX races (60-minute, two-driver format).

Klenin, a GTS veteran, captured his first-ever win in the GTSA Sprint event at Lime Rock Park last year and placed third in the final GTSA point standings in the No. 6s McLaren 570S GT4.

“It is extremely exciting to return to the Pirelli World Challenge this year with Mark and the KPR team in the GTS SprintX class,” said Riddle, who’ll begin his PWC season with Klenin at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on March 23-25. “I want to thank Mark, Jackson Stewart (crew chief/engineer) and the whole KPR team for this opportunity to get back into a series that I love. And the SprintX format is very fun to drive. I’m also quite anxious to get into a legendary car such as the McLaren. The 570S GT4 is a beautiful car and it should be great to race it.”

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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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MAX RIDDLE - DRIVER

Championship winner of the 2016 GTS SprintX series, Max will join KPR to run all 10 SprintX races in 2018.

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JACKSON STEWART -TEAM MANAGER

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

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KEVIN - CREW CHIEF

Experienced crew chief in PWC joining KPR for the 2018 season.

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JOE - CHIEF MECHANIC

A veteran chief mechanic in both PWC and IMSA, Joe joins KPR for the 2018 season.

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ADRIAN - MECHANIC

Adrian will handle fuel and tires for the McLaren in 2018.

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STU HAYNER - DRIVER COACH

Vastly experienced championship driver, Stu has been working with Mark for the past year.

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CHRIS BROWN-DATA CONSULTANT

Owner of CB Racing, Chris is the data guru every team wishes they had.

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

2018 will be the 29th year of competition for the Pirelli World Challenge Series. Klenin Performance Racing will once again compete in the highly competitive GTSA class, featuring GT4 homologated cars of various manufacturers including McLaren, Camero, Mustang, Sin, KTM, Ginetta, Aston Martin, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

Four events (8 races) will be in the Sprint format with 50 minute single driver contests. Five events (10 races) will be in the SprintX format, 60 minute contests featuring 2 drivers and a pit stop.

STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG

ROUND 1 AND ROUND 2

St. Petersburg, Florida

March 9-11, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 1  –  Round 2  –  Standings

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

ROUND 3 AND ROUND 4 – SPRINTX

Austin, Texas

March 23-25, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 3  –  Round 4  –  Standings

VIRGINIA INTL RACEWAY

 ROUND 5 AND ROUND 6 – SPRINTX

Alton, Virginia

April 27-29, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 5  –  Round 6  –  Standings

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK

  ROUND 7 AND ROUND 8

Bowmanville, Ontario Canada

May 18-20, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 7  –  Round 8  –  Standings

LIME ROCK PARK

 ROUND 9 AND ROUND 10 -SPRINTX

Lime Rock, Connecticut

May 25-28, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 9  –  Round 10  –  Standings

ROAD AMERICA

 ROUND 11 AND ROUND 12

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

June 22-24, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 11  –  Round 12  –  Standings

PORTLAND INTL RACEWAY

 ROUND 13 AND ROUND 14- SPRINTX

Portland, Oregon

July 13-15, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 13  –  Round 14  –  Standings

UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS

  ROUND 15 AND ROUND 16 – SPRINTX

Tooele, Utah

August 10-12, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 15  –  Round 16  –  Standings

WATKINS GLEN

  ROUND 17 AND ROUND 18

Watkins Glen, New York

August 31 – September 2, 2018

Qualify  –  Round 17  –  Round 18  –  Standings

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