Despite paddock rumors of a move to LMP1 in 2015 for KCMG the team confirmed yesterday that it plans to return to LMP2 next season
Said interim team manager Erich Kolb: “I think the confusion surrounds the fact that we run the Oreca in WEC and there’s obviously a new car coming from them for 2015 (the 05 LMP2 coupe) that will, inevitably, share some DNA with the (Oreca-designed and built) R-One. We are not looking at an LMP1 program.
“We are still looking at options over what we will run at what point next season, our current car, which we are very pleased with, or a new car from either the start to, or later in the season.”
The team is planning to field a single full-season car with the increasing likelihood of a second car entered on a race by race basis, for several 2015 rounds.
It’s been a breakthrough year in the LMP2 class for KCMG with the Hong Kong-based team proving to be a credible title contender, its #47 Oreca Nissan 03.R delivering two race wins and some very competitive running in a championship season stymied more by incident than a lack of pace. The car was ultimately eliminated from the title fight by Alexandre Imperatori’s Lap 1 race-ending incident in Shanghai, the Oreca suffering a sudden fuel pump failure before being collected by Gimmi Bruni’s Ferrari.
“We’ve been pleased with progress this year and there is more to come in 2015; it will be good to see more competition emerging,” Kolb added.
KCMG have lacked nothing in either pace or ambition since their arrival on the LMP2 scene in 2013, exactly the sort of emerging team that the FIA WEC needs as it plans for the future.
Originally on DailySportsCar.com