Up-and-coming GPX Racing based out of Dubai has been posting impressive victories in the endurance racing discipline. The team is now aiming to compete in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most prestigious endurance racing event in motorsports.
GPX Racing took part in three 24-hour races in two months, clinching podiums at each of them. Some of the world’s most prominent racetracks witnessed the UAE flag flying on the podium. As it sets upon a huge challenge – 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team welcomes local partners to share in its vision of bringing UAE global recognition in motorsports.
Team GPX Racing fields the Porsche 911 GT3 R dressed in iconic Gulf livery at world endurance chamionships.
Team Principal Pierre-Brice Mena is confident of his team's performance: “What has to be underlined is our consistency and the quality of our preparation. With three good results in 24-hour events including a victory at Spa, GPX Racing can target the capital of endurance, Le Mans, in a serene frame of mind!”
A successful summer of racing
The Dubai-based team battled against 71 cars to finish as outright winners at the world-famous 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, followed by a second place in Portimao. The squad secured third position in Barcelona, driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R sporting iconic Gulf Racing livery.
Following a successful summer of racing in the 24H Series Championship of Continents, the team announced its goal to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is indeed a daunting challenge, but that’s how the ultimate motorsport destination is supposed to be.
In Barcelona, GPX’s squad of drivers including Jordan Grogor, Stuart Hall, and Benjamin Goethe, took the 911 to its podium finish. The driving squad was backed up by Jean-Pierre Valentini, and ex-Minardi, Jordan and Midland F1 test driver Nicky Pastorelli.
Benjamin Goethe, youngest member of the team at 16, said, “I learned a lot during my first 24-hour race in GT3 starting with driving at night time, judging the braking points and how to find my marks in the darkness. And overall, one of the main difficulties is knowing how to overtake quickly so as not to lose time while making the right decisions when it comes to taking risks. I think that finishing third overall is pretty good for a first attempt!”
Pierre-Brice Mena, Team Principal, GPX Racing
The road to Le Mans
Team Principal Pierre-Brice Mena was visibly satisfied with GPX Racing’s performance over the summer, saying, “What has to be underlined is our consistency and the quality of our preparation. Once again, we didn’t run into any problems with the car. Benji finished his first 24-hour race in GT aged 16 and he didn’t spare his efforts as he drove for five hours. With three good results in 24-hour events including a victory at Spa, GPX Racing can target the capital of endurance, Le Mans, in a serene frame of mind!”
GPX Racing will conclude its tour of Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Barcelona on 28-29 September, before returning home and competing in the Gulf 12 Hours on 14th December. A month later, the team will field two cars at the Dubai 24 Hours race.
The UAE flag flying at the Barcelona 24H championship podium.
Support from UAE motorsport enthusiasts
GPX Racing and the 21-year-old Porsche Club UAE have recently teamed up and the official Porsche Club UAE logo will feature on the racing team’s 911 GT3 R at home race meetings. Karim Al Azhari, President of Porsche Club UAE, said, “We are incredibly excited and proud to collaborate with GPX Racing. After such a remarkable summer of success in European endurance racing we are looking forward to bringing the UAE Porsche community closer to the motorsport scene with the GPX Racing.
“To have our logo on the new 911 GT3R car as it races in the Gulf 12 Hours and Dubai 24 Hours will be a proud moment for all of us in the Club, and I’m sure there will be more memorable moments to share together in the future.”
The racing team will return to compete at the 24H Series Championship of Continents in 2020. It is also planning to dominate SRO Motorsports’ GT World Challenge Europe. This time it will have a full programme including five sprint events and five endurance races, Spa 24 Hours being the highlight of the Series.
With decisive victories under its belt in the GT3 class, it looks like GPX Racing has what it takes to debut in the GTE class at the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans.