ST Racing Wins The Hankook 24H DUBAI.

ST Racing Wins The Hankook 24H DUBAI.

ST Racing Release:

Dubai (UAE), January 17, 2021 – ST Racing took the GT4-class win during the highly competitive Creventic Series Hankook 24H of Dubai, taking place at the Dubai Autodrome this past weekend. Samantha Tan, Chandler Hull, Jon Miller, and Nick Wittmer co-drove the #438 BMW M4 GT4 to a win, claiming their first trophies of the season.

The Canadian outfit traveled to the United Arab Emirates to take part in their second Dubai 24H. The team could have claimed the win in 2020, but last year’s race was cut short due to a heavy rainstorm. This time around, the weather was ideal and the team came prepared to this event knowing they could repeat their feat very well.

On Thursday prior to the race, Nick Wittmer set an impressive time of 2:08.824 during qualifying, putting the #438 at the front of the GT4 field. As per the series rules, the car qualifies, not the driver. Therefore, 23 years-old Samantha Tan was set to start the 24-hour race on Friday afternoon. After a hectic first few laps where Tan lost valuable time fighting with cars around her, there was a Code 60 caused by a fellow competitor. The team decided to bring Tan down pit lane right away for fuel. Back on track, her focus was on taking the lead back again. Thanks to several stellar stints between her and Chandler Hull, they were able to regain the lead and keep it…until the very end!

“We won the Dubai 24H!!!” said with enthusiasm Samantha Tan, driver of the #438 car. “It honestly felt like a flawless race. We spent the majority of it first in class! My co-drivers all did an incredible job. I started the race, trying to be aggressive but also having to remind myself that it’s a long race ahead and keep the car clean. There was a Code 60 right at the start, so the team decided to bring me in to top up on fuel so I could run for almost 2 hours. I did back to back stints with Chandler until it got dark, while Nick and Jon drove through the night.”

She continued saying: “I had a stellar night stint, passing many cars and putting our BMW M4 back into 1st in class. It got close with 2nd place after the halfway mark in the race, but during the last 6 hours, we all put in our best effort and gave ourselves a 3-lap lead. The car was amazing the entire race; I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work on giving us the best car and for the perfectly executed pit stops. This is my first pro win, and I’m so happy to share it with my ST Racing family. This win is for all of us, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season!”

Nick Wittmer, who took the checkered flag, echoed Samantha’s thoughts on the flawless execution: “it was my first 24-hour race, and we won it! There were no issues at all; ST Racing did an amazing job preparing the car to run a full day.”

Jon Miller couldn’t help but reminisce on the Dubai 24H 2020: “Last year’s Dubai 24 was red-flagged for torrential rain after 7 hours, and after qualifying on pole and running up front, we came away disappointed with unfinished business. Showing up this year and replicating our pole position and strong pace, it’s incredibly satisfying for the whole team to finish the job and WIN the Dubai 24!”

For Jon, it was a team win: “the story of our race comes down to the crew executing fast pit stops for 24 hours and running a winning strategy with a BMW that was fast and easy to drive. Samantha and Chandler drove an awesome five stints, going back to back for the first 6 hours before Nick and I took over at night – and they handed us the car in P1. It takes everything and then some, with a little luck sprinkled in, to win a race like this. We’ll use it as motivation to keep pushing hard all season.”

“There’s no better way to start a new race season than winning, let alone winning a 24-hour race,” said Chandler Hull, more motivated than ever. “I am beyond grateful for the ST Racing group to have let me come along, and a huge thanks to the crew that worked their magic behind the scenes to give us a car that could fight for 24 hours. I’m looking forward to next weekend at Yas Marina for another 6 hours and can’t wait to keep this momentum up for the rest of the season.”

Kenneth Tan, Samantha Tan’s father, and Team Principal, only had good things to say about the event “I am so proud of our team! It was a team effort that won us the race. The drivers worked together to ensure efficient lap times and to take good care of the car: no curbs! The person responsible for data calculated and effectively carried out a dynamic pit stop strategy together with the drivers and our crew chief and head mechanic who, I think, ultimately won us the race. I am so proud of the team and so proud of Sam. She drove amazingly fast, especially during the night! This was by far the most exhilarating win yet for our young team, and the best part is that we had a lot of fun achieving it together. Go STR!”

The team’s next race will be as soon as this coming weekend at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. This will be a 6-hour race which is not part of the official calendar of the 24H Series. After Abu Dhabi, the team will have two months’ break until the next race in Mugello (Italy), where they will be looking at keeping their momentum going.

 

2021 Calendar

 

ST Racing will take part in all 8 events of the 2021 24H Series season.

 

Hankook 24H Dubai: January 14-15-16 2021 – WIN

Extra – 6H Abu Dhabi, Jan 22-23

Hankook 12H Mugello: March 26-27 2021

Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps: April 23-24-25 2021

Hankook 12H Hockenheimring: May 22-23 2021

Hankook 24H Portimao: July 16-17-18 2021

Hankook 24H Barcelona: September 03-04-05 2021

Coppa Florio Hankook 12H Sicily: October 01-02-03 2021

Hankook 24H Sebring: November 12-13-14 2021

Full Truck Season For Raphael Lessard With GMS Racing

Full Truck Season For Raphael Lessard With GMS Racing

Raphael Lessard Racing Press release:

St-Joseph-de-Beauce (Quebec, Canada) – January 7, 2021 – Raphael Lessard had a wide smile on his face when he boarded a flight from Montreal on January 5, on his way back to the United States to complete preparations for a full 22-race season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). While continuing the search for full race season financing, Raphael Lessard Racing announces today the return of Richelieu Hardware as an associate partner for five races in the 2021 season. Raphael Lessard’s #24 Silverado, prepared by GMS Racing, will proudly display the Richelieu Hardware colours, among others on the deck lid. This prominent Quebec corporation is a leading North American distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products.

 Richelieu Hardware

The Richelieu Hardware commitment to this project is the logical development of their previous collaboration with the Raphael Lessard Racing team in support of the young driver’s professional development program. “Richelieu Hardware is proud to renew its support for Raphael and his team. We all want him to continue his development and achieve his personal and professional goals in 2021,” according to Richard Lord, President and CEO of Richelieu Hardware.

Raphael Lessard is most grateful in welcoming Richelieu Hardware as a partner for his second season in the NCWTS series. “We are really happy with the return of Richelieu Hardware to our program for the 2021 season. The favourable results of our first cooperation in 2020 now place both parties in an excellent position to build a stronger win-win partnership throughout the 2021 season,” said Raphael Lessard.

NCWTS Full Season

GMS Racing is pleased to welcome Raphael Lessard on a full-time basis for the 2021 season. “We are excited to have Raphael join us for the 2021 season,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “Raphael is a talented young man, and we are excited to see what he can do with a full season with this team.”

After making the most of the difficult health situation over 2020 that greatly complicated Raphael Lessard’s learning season in NCWTS, securing a second full season was a hoped-for development, and assuredly a dream come true for the young driver. “I’m really excited to have a second full season in the Truck Series and will certainly aim for victories and even the championship at the wheel of the #24 Chevrolet prepared by GMS Racing. This team finished 1-2-3 in the NCWTS series in 2020, and I know that with everything I learned last season, we will be in a winning position at the end of every race,” added the determined young driver.

Samantha Tan Racing Commits to a Full 2021 Creventic 24H Series Season

Samantha Tan Racing Commits to a Full 2021 Creventic 24H Series Season

For immediate release:

November 26, 2020 – ST Racing is thrilled to announce its participation to the Creventic 24H Series, which will feature 8 races at the most iconic tracks in Europe and North America.

The Canadian outfit had a taste of what this series was all about in Dubai last year and again at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). This time, however, the team will be looking at securing a few titles; GT4 Team Championship, GT4 Driver Championship, Junior Cup, and Ladies Cup.

With the 2021 season kicking-off as early as next January in Dubai, the team has a strong driver line-up that will be joining forces to co-drive ST Racing’s BMW M4 GT4. Regular drivers Samantha Tan, Nick Wittmer and Jon Miller will be joined by Indianapolis 8-Hour winner Chandler Hull.

The team has unfinished business in Dubai as last year the race was stopped 8 hours after the start due to abnormally heavy rain which flooded the track. The Canadian outfit ended this shortened race P7, which did not reflect ST Racing’s true capabilities as they had scored pole position prior to the race, in addition to setting a new GT4 track record, thanks to Nick Wittmer’s strong pace.

During the race, the team ran at the forefront of the field with Samantha Tan in P3 when she had to come down pit road for refueling. Going back on track in P7, the race was under a full course yellow for a full 30 minutes before it was completely stopped due to the weather.

This time around, ST Racing has a strong set of drivers, each with championship-winning pedigrees. Like the drivers, the crew is eager to claim nothing less than a win during this 24-hour race set in beautiful Dubai.

“This series is definitely interesting for me personally, as it involves much more strategy in regards to refueling and changing tires, as well as the series’ Code 60 procedure which replaces double yellow safety-car situations,” explained Samantha Tan, co-driver of the ST Racing BMW M4 GT4. “Last year was our first experience, which was very fun, and I’m proud that we achieved a 3rd place finish at our first ever Creventic race. There are more things to take into consideration than the SprintX races! I am very excited for next season as I look at the calendar and some of my dream tracks are there, like Spa-Francorchamps. I can’t wait to drive against International teams.”

The Canadian driver continued by saying, “we have talented drivers in our team, and we have established ourselves as top runners against renowned teams that have been in the sport for many years. We are building a strong reputation by racing internationally, and I am extremely proud of where the team is right now.”

“ST Racing is the best North America GT4 Team,” stated Canadian driver Nick Wittmer. “Any challenges the team takes on; we absorb it, we fix it, and then, we crush it. ST Racing is a strong team, and I’m very happy to be with them again for the 2021 season. The 24H series is a great organization that runs around the world, and we will be part of that to show what ST Racing has in store for 24-hour races. The driver line-up is strong and capable.”

“I’m thrilled to be starting my 4th season with ST Racing in our BMW M4 GT4 as we set sail for the Creventic 24HR world tour of endurance racing,” shared Jon Miller. “This new chapter marks a logical next step for the team, expanding our reach and applying what we’ve learned to a deep field of competitors on the international stage. I’m looking forward to an unbelievable calendar with a return to Spa and capping the season with a 24 hour at Sebring in November. This isn’t the team’s first endurance race by any means. We ended our SRO season off with a hard-fought 2nd place at the IGTC Indianapolis 8 hour, and in January of this year, we put our GT4 BMW on pole position for the 24 hours of Dubai. Samantha and Nick Wittmer are the stalwarts of the team and I’m thrilled to be joining them again alongside STR newcomer Chandler Hull. Chandler impressed and frustrated us at Indianapolis by driving the winning BMW in the 8-hour race, beating us to the top step. He’s an obvious choice to complete our driver line-up that expects to race for wins.”

“This season will be my first with ST Racing, however, having shared the paddock with them the last two seasons in SRO America, I am very much looking forward to joining them for a 24H Series effort in 2021,” echoed Chandler Smith. “The professionalism and success I have seen from the team makes me confident that our season will be successful. I am also looking forward to spending time behind the wheel of a BMW M4 GT4 in an endurance setting since my previous experience, and other 2021 plans have been in SprintX efforts.”

2021 Calendar

ST Racing will take part in all 8 events of the 2021 24H Series season.

Hankook 24H Dubai: January 14-15-16 2021

Hankook 12H Mugello: March 26-27 2021

Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps: April 23-24-25 2021

Hankook 12H Hockenheimring: May 22-23 2021

Hankook 24H Portimao: July 09-10-11 2021

Hankook 24H Barcelona: September 03-04-05 2021

Coppa Florio Hankook 12H Sicily: October 01-02-03 2021

Hankook 24H Sebring: November 12-13-14 2021

 

Raphael Lessard Signs With GMS Racing for select 2021 NCWTS races.

Raphael Lessard Signs With GMS Racing for select 2021 NCWTS races.

November 25/2020

GMS Racing News Release:

Raphael Lessard Racing announced today that the young Quebec driver will race in select races in the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). He will drive a Silverado prepared by the dominant GMS Racing organization that finished in the top three places in the championship in 2020. The agreement with GMS Racing covers 12 races to be determined over the season. In parallel, Raphael Lessard Racing team members are working to find the necessary financing to participate in all 22 events on the 2021 calendar.

The first race of the 2021 NCWTS season will be part of the traditional “Daytona Speed Week,” and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

“We are very excited to have Raphael join GMS Racing for part of the 2021 season,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “I believe Raphael will be a great addition to our GMS stable and I look forward to seeing him wheel one of our Chevrolets.”

Review of the 2020 season and outlook for 2021

Raphael Lessard ended his 2020 season on a high note, accumulating in the second half of the season one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes. In addition, he managed to improve from his starting to his finishing position in the incident-free races by 67 places, compared to 14 places in the first eight races of the season.

Q: Raphael, are you satisfied with the progress you made 2020? 

“I learned an incredible amount in all aspects of racing during the 2020 season, about pure driving skills, race strategies, aerodynamics, passing and legally making it difficult for others to pass me, adapting my driving to compensate for any handling issues and helping the team understand any issues to fix them at the next stop, focusing better on my driving despite any adversity. The win at Talladega certainly helped the team and myself gain confidence, and also convinced us that we were able to race with the best and win.”

Q: What does it mean to you to be at GMS Racing for 2021?

“Finding myself with the best team of the 2020 season is unbelievable. They won the championship! I can’t wait to show what we can do aboard such great machines. The team knows how to bring potential winners at every race, a key to a great season. Our team will be great, and I can’t wait to be back on track.”

Q: What is your first goal for the 2021 season?

“To do as many races as possible. I would like to win races and above all finish in the top five in every race, as well as continue to improve my driving.”