Dubai: Dubai based GPX Racing unveils two car assault on Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and 24H Series

Dubai: Dubai based GPX Racing unveils two car assault on Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and 24H Series

Dubai, Tuesday March 12th – The Dubai-based company, GP Extreme, has restructured its activities and at the beginning of 2019 it launched GPX Racing, its competitions offshoot. It has chosen the new generation Porsche 911 GT3 R to tackle the forthcoming season with new ambitions in the international concert of Grand Touring racing. The team managed by former European FIA GT3 runner-up, Pierre-Brice Mena, is preparing to take on a double challenge: the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and the 24H Series, which GPX Racing has already kicked off on home turf in the Dubai 24 Hours.

The Blancpain programme is now done and dusted with a Porsche 911 GT3 R in an eye-opening Gulf livery. The team which is aiming for honours in the Silver Cup comprises Stuart Hall and Jordan Grogor, who are both as experienced as they’re quick, plus young Benjamin Goethe who has joined them straight from Karts and F4.

British ace Stuart Hall is 34 years of age and has started the Le Mans 24 Hours on six occasions finishing fourth overall in 2007 in a Pescarolo LM P1. In 2013, he also won the LM GTE Am title in the context of the FIA WEC. “We’re hoping to put on a good show in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, which is without doubt the toughest GT series in the world. But it’s clear that we’re not there just to make up numbers! I know Benjamin Goethe well as I’ve been his coach in karts and then in F4; now I’m going to continue giving him the benefit of my advice as his team-mate. I think he’s ready after the tests we did in the winter. He’s worked really hard. I raced pretty often with his father, Roald Goethe, the creator of the famous Rofgo car collection, so we’re keeping it in the family!”

Thirty-seven-year-old Jordan Grogor is South African and lives in Dubai. He’s built up an excellent reputation for himself in endurance events in the Middle East that includes two class victories in the Dubai 24 Hours and a podium finish in the overall classification in the Gulf 12 Hours. He also put on some stand-out performances in Blancpain Endurance between 2013 and 2015. “We’re taking a huge step forward by entering for the Blancpain GT Series, the pinnacle in the GT3 category. We’re starting out determined to fight at the front, but we also have to be humble given the level of competitiveness in this championship. So we’re going to take the races as they come and strive to give our absolute best.”

Benjamin Goethe is an English-born Danish, and will be only 16 years old at Monza, but he already accumulated a lot of experience in karts before taking his first steps in a racing car in the Spanish F4 Championship last year. “I really love GT racing and I’ve done a lot of testing in the Renault RS01 this winter. I’m learning a great deal thanks to the advice of my coach, Stuart Hall. We’ve worked on the Monza layout on the simulator together. I’m tackling this season with enthusiasm and I think we’re in with a good chance.”

The GPX Racing team principal is a Frenchman, Pierre-Brice Mena. At the age of thirty he has decided to go pitside after shining in single-seaters, Caterham, GT4 and GT3.

“I’m discovering another aspect of motor sport that’s also very exciting even if the responsibilities are not the same as when you’re behind the wheel. I’ve been lucky enough to count on solid partners to manage this project and make it successful. I began working on it a year ago. It’s very interesting to see it taking shape, things falling into place and starting to come alive in the paddock and at the circuits. Now, we just have to get on with the job to become a well-known team that’s recognised in the prestigious and very demanding world of international GT racing. The level in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup is high, but we have a great driver line-up, a fantastic team and a super motor car. So all the right ingredients are in place. In our first season our main aim is to be among the front-runners and fight for the podium. Scoring a win would be a bonus. We’re determined to move up the ladder and our ultimate objective in the mid-term is to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

The Blancpain Endurance Series will kick off at Monza on 13-14 April and the details of GPX Racing’s programme in the 24H Series “Championship of the Continents” will be announced in the near future.


GPX Racing’s drivers’ record:

Benjamin Goethe: English-born Danish, lives in Monaco, born on April 2nd, 2003.

2014: Karting debut, scored 6 podiums finishes including 4 overall victories at club level. 2015: 3rd in the championship of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Corse region, cadet class. 2016: 4th in the Kart mag Trophy, cadet class (national level). 2017: 9th in the IAME Series France X30 Talent class, took part in the IAME International Final. 2018: participated in the IAME Series France and the Iame Euro Series in the X30 Senior class. Single-seaters debut in the FIA F4 Spanish Championship.

Jordan Grogor: South-African, hometown: Johannesburg, born on August 7th, 1981.

2010: Radical Gulf Cup champion (13 podium finishes including 7 overall victories). 2011: Le Mans Series, 1 podium finish in the Formula Le Mans class. From 2013 to 2015: Blancpain Endurance Series, selected races. 2014-15: NGK Racing Series, 1 class 3 GTA win. 2014 and 2015: A6 Am class winner in the Dubai 24 Hours (24H Series). 2016: 3rd in the Gulf 12 Hours (Abu Dhabi). 2017: 3rd in the Red Bull Ring 12 Hours (24H Series). 2018: 3rd in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, F1 race G (1977-80).

Stuart Hall : British, hometown: Chelmsford, Essex, born on October 18th, 1984.

2000: T Cars British champion (16 podium finishes including 8 overall victories). From 2001 to 2003 : Formula Ford, 4th in the 2002 Winter Series (2 wins). 2004: Formula Renault 2.0, 7th in the British Championship (2 podium finishes), Winter Series champion (3 finishes including 1 overall victory). 2005: Formula Renault 2.0, 8th in the British Championship (5 podium finishes). 2006: British F3. 2007: 4th in the Le Mans 24 Hours (Pescarolo LMP1). 5th in the Le Mans Series LMP1 (2 podium finishes). 2008: 7th in the Le Mans Series LMP1. 2009: British GT, part season, 2 overall victories. 2012: Blancpain Endurance Series, Le Mans Series, FIA WEC. 2013: FIA WEC, LMGTE Am class champion (4 podium finishes including 2 victories). 2015: Le Mans Series, GTC class runner-up (3 podium finishes including 2 victories). 2016: 3rd in the Gulf 12 Hours (Abu Dhabi). 2nd in the Paul Ricard 24 Hours (24H Series). Silverstone 4 Hours ELMS, 3rd in the LMGTE class. 2018: 2nd overall and A6 Pro class winner in the Silverstone 24 Hours (24H Series). Classic Endurance Racing 1, 1 overall victory. Monaco Historic Grand Prix, F1, 2nd in the race E (1966-72), 2nd in the race F (1973-76). Le Mans Classic winner (plateau 6). Participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours six times.

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6 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Honestly would rather they played Mario kart. It’s way more fun than this.

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Estaben strategy for yesterday race if anyone doesn't let me pass I will do whatever it takes to gain his position. I will set them spinning ☠️☠️

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

The most dangerous circuit ...

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

Gutierrez racing is not for you. Please do something else mate!

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

This is more like bumbercars than racing....

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

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8 hrs ago

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Wow this definitely splits option, better than no racing in mine though.

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

Just imagine racing like that in real life. Awesome.

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

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9 hrs ago

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

What kind of racing is this without damage and how does it even manage to get much of viewership?

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

did the Alfa just phase through Leclerc's car??

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

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13 hrs ago

MotoGP

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

Let me show you the video of my Yamaha in Italy! youtu.be/Cqqivo8wJ-Q

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13 hrs ago

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13 hrs ago

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How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

Healthy greetings from Indonesia

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Class🤝only 46

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