KRP Racing has announced that its team will field the No. 62 McLaren 570S GT4 for Mark Klenin in the GTSA division in Pirelli World Challenge this year.
Klenin, entering his seventh season in PWC, comes to the 2018 campaign in the potent McLaren GT4 with a new Canadian-based crew with vast GTS experience. Jackson Stewart also will return as team manager for KRP.
Last year, Klenin scored a class win at Lime Rock Park last month as well as numerous podium finishes while placing third in the final GTSA point standings.
“We are very excited to return to the Pirelli World Challenge with our McLaren 570S and our new partner, Premiere Copier,” said Klenin.
“We won one race and finished on the podium several times. Now, we have revamped our McLaren operation with a solid crew. We now expect to challenge for the GTSA title in 2018.”
The British marque has been successful in PWC in the past and now enters the series for a fifth year in 2018.
Alvaro Parente took McLaren to the 2016 GT championship in a McLaren 650S GT3 and George Kurtz won the 2017 GTSA title.
“Mark has been an important member of the Pirelli World Challenge paddock for several years now and it was great to see Mark as a top contender for the GTSA point title last year,” said Greg Gill, President/CEO of the Pirelli World Challenge. “We wish all of the best in his quest for the GTSA championship in 2018.”
Klenin started his racing career later than most, but the Colorado racer has improved each year in the GTSA division. Now he has developed a strong contingent for a title run this year.
“I am working harder than ever to get ready for the 2018 series,” he said. “I’ve been in the gym six days a week with trainer Jeffrey Armstrong and driving karts during the off-season.
‘I know I won’t give up in my pursuit for the GTSA class title. We have put together a strong operation for this year and we’ll be ready when the green flag drops at St. Petersburg in March.”
The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season opens on March 9-11 in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., with GT and GTS division in action.