Round five of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship saw KC Motorgroup Ltd (KCMG) deliver yet another strong performance at the 6 Hours of CoTA on Saturday (September 19) when the Le Mans-winning trio of Richard Bradley, Matt Howson and Nicolas Lapierre finished second in the LMP2 class and sixth overall, helping to maintain their Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship leads.
The Lone Star State witnessed the squad’s first FIA WEC victory last year when they dominated the race after starting from pole position. And 12 months on it was KCMG that once again set the fastest time in qualifying before a minor technical infringement unfortunately relegated its #47 Oreca-Nissan 05 coupe to the tail of the LMP2 field.
Not that it made much difference. The race got underway at 17:00 local time and only an hour later it was French ace Lapierre who was leading after making short work of his rivals thanks to a series of fast and consistent laps.
The sun was setting over Austin by the time he made way for Bradley who steered clear of the dangers associated with driving in low light. However, that wasn’t enough to prevent championship rivals G-Drive from capitalising on a full-course yellow by pitting ahead and regaining the lead from KCMG.
Ultimately it fell to former Toyota LMP1 driver Lapierre to try and overhaul the team’s deficit. But, despite setting fastest LMP2 lap (1m56.735s) in the process, KCMG was eventually forced to settle for second place at Circuit of The Americas.