Kaffer, Pumpelly sign for Magnus Racing
Magnus Racing has added Pierre Kaffer for the majority of Pirelli World Challenge GT events during the 2017 season, with Spencer Pumpelly joining as Kaffer’s teammate throughout the series’ SprintX championship.
Magnus Racing owner and driver John Potter said: “We couldn’t be happier to have the addition of both Pierre and Spencer to the team. Pierre Kaffer’s success speaks for itself, and as an Audi Sport-provided driver, he clearly has the pace and talent to compete with the best of them.
“He’s already proven a good fit with us during testing, and we expect he’ll suit us well going in to the 2017 season.
“I’ve known Spencer for a while, including briefly driving with him, and know he’ll be a great fit with us for the SprintX races. He’s obviously a proven winner, not to mention has some great experience with Audi machinery, so we’re hoping for good things with the two of them driving together. We all feel very prepared and ready for St. Petersburg.”
Kaffer’s career includes an overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Petit Le Mans, Sebring, and even a championship in the former American Le Mans Series’ highly competitive GT2 category. Due to his obligations at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Spa, Kaffer will miss the Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio rounds in May and July respectively. The team has not yet named his sub, but has confirmed it will still enter those events.
Kaffer said: “I’m really looking forward to joining Magnus Racing. The team has a great reputation for results, and even though it’s their first season of the Pirelli World Challenge I think we all believe we can be competitive. I was able to meet everyone at a recent test, and it’s clearly a great group, and a very comfortable atmosphere.
Joining Kaffer for the series’ two-driver “SprintX” rounds, Pumpelly will drive the Magnus Racing #4 Audi R8 LMS for the five-race championship.
“I already feel right at home with everyone at Magnus Racing,” he stated. “I’ve known almost everyone on the team for a long time, so it’s a very comfortable place to be, and the chemistry is already excellent.
“The SprintX format is a unique one, as both Pierre and I will be flat out for some very short stints, but it should make for some exciting races. I drove the previous generation Audi for a full season in 2014, so I know what the quality of car and support will be, and with all this in mind we’re definitely optimistic on our chances.
“Technically my season doesn’t begin until VIR in April, but everyone has been great, including me in all of their plans and testing, so we’re already in great shape. I really appreciate everyone bringing me on, and look forward to what the season brings.”
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