K-PAX Racing is set for its international debut, having announced Monday a single-car entry for the Sepang 12 Hours in December.
The Flying Lizard-run team will enter Alvaro Parente’s Pirelli World Challenge championship-winning McLaren 650S GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale, in support of McLaren GT’s title bid in the new-for-2016 championship.
While the driver lineup has yet to be announced, all three seats will be filled by McLaren GT factory drivers.
“We have to thank McLaren GT for their support,” said program manager Darren Law. “They’ve stepped in to help us with the sharing of equipment and personnel, which alleviated some of the stress of getting ready for this event.”
Sepang will mark K-PAX’s first-ever endurance race, although with the support of the California-based Flying Lizard squad, which has previously competed on the global stage, having made eight previous starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
However, unlike Le Mans, when it typically allows a six-month preparation window, the team has only had a few weeks to get its program together for the Malaysian enduro following the PWC season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this month.
“This has literally been all hands on deck since we decided to run this race,” Law said. “We have a great understanding of this car, and we’re of course very excited to do this event, but from the time we decided we would run up to the point where the cars and equipment have to be shipped out was very short.
“All the guys are really looking forward to getting back to doing pit stops. With our team’s experience over the years in endurance racing, it will be exciting for everyone to get back to endurance racing once again.”
K-PAX is expected to be joined by at least two other McLaren 650S GT3 cars, as Intercontinental GT Challenge rules allow up to three nominated cars per registered manufacturer.
“K-PAX Racing has enjoyed a fantastic season in Pirelli World Challenge and it is great to see that they are still pushing themselves after the season is finished,” said McLaren GT Managing Director Andrew Kirkaldy.
“The Sepang 12 Hours will be a new challenge for the team, but the 650S GT3 showed its strengths last year winning the Pro-Am Class and finishing fourth overall in the race.”