Kevin Estre 2014 season: great championships, endurance classics and legendary cars!

Kevin Estre’s 2014 race programme has all the makings of a very exciting season. The French driver who scored 13 overall victories in 2013 will be competing in several top-level grand touring championships. He will discover in quick succession the major endurance events at the wheel of legendary cars with ambitious teams. Following his debut in the 12C GT3 at the Baku World Challenge in November 2013, Estre made his 2014 season debut as a McLaren GT factory driver at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza earlier this month claiming a podium finish.

As a factory driver, Estre’s job is to bring his racing skills and his out-and-out speed to McLaren GT’s customer teams. Thus he joined the German squad Dörr Motorsport, which has again entered a 12C GT3 in the VLN Series for the 2014 season. This championship is run exclusively on the Nordschleife, the big Nürburgring circuit. Kevin will be at the start of the next two rounds, and for the first time in his career he will be on the grid for the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours on 21-22 June. It will not, however, be his first outing on the 25-km layout, totally unlike any other in modern motor sport, as two years ago he won a round counting for the German Porsche Carrera Cup, a curtain-raiser for the 24 Hours, on the same track.

On the fabulous high-speed Monza circuit, Kevin joined the ART Grand Prix team in another 12C GT3, and made a telling contribution to the excellent overall result in the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series. He was entrusted with the first stint, and after starting from the sixth row of the grid he had carved his way up to sixth place by the end of the second lap, and was fourth when it was time to hand over after the first hour of the three-hour race. “My team-mates Kevin Korjus and Andy Soucek gave nothing away and we finished on the third step of the podium. We could have given the team a double but for ten seconds lost during a pit stop because of a car that forced us to manoeuvre ours to rejoin.”

Kevin’s other important challenge of the 2014 season is in the USA. He will race in the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the result of the merger between the ALMS and Grand Am. He is driving a Porsche 911 GT America for the Californian team Park Place Motorsports in the GT Daytona category, which is open to cars that are very similar to the European GT3 philosophy. There are many professional drivers in this class, and no matter how long the races they give each other no quarter out on the track.

Kevin already competed in the Daytona 24 Hours at the end of January and the Sebring 12 Hours in March. Lady Luck didn’t smile on him even though he was very quick on both occasions proved by his incredible first stint in the Daytona event, when he recovered from 19th to 3rd, and his second-best time out of 25 cars (he was the fastest of the 12 Porsches in the race) at the Sebring International Raceway. On the calendar are a number of tracks that really sort out the men from the boys like Laguna Seca, the Detroit city circuit and the Petit Le Mans run over 1000 miles at Road Atlanta!

On 26-27 April, Estre will drive the Dörr Motorsport 12C GT3 at the Nürburgring before flying off to the USA the following week.