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.
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!
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.