Fans of classic racing liveries were elated when Aston Martin brought Gulf racing back on its Le Mans challengers. Now we've got another classic scheme on our hands, courtesy of STP.
The iconic American motor oil company has sponsored such notables as Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Mario Andretti, but is most commonly associated with Richard Petty's stock cars. This year, however, the livery will be coming back on the GT3-spec Ferrari 430 Scuderia shown. It's being fielded by Chad Racing in the British GT Championship and driven by Daniel Brown and Chris Hyman, the former a highly rated rookie driver in open-wheels. Details in the press release after the jump.
[Source: Chad Racing and STP]
STP'S FERRARI CHALLENGER
Chad Racing F430 bids for British GT Championship victory
The legendary USA fuel additive brand STP - its 50-year history steeped in high-level motorsport - is returning to UK tracks for a major title assault on the 2010 Avon Tyres British GT Championship, backing a Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3 for Daniel Brown and Chris Hyman.
Brown and Hyman are no strangers to the series, the former making his mark last year, at just 17 years of age, with three race wins in the MOMO Mosler.
Brown's stellar performance - which followed a Rookie-winning season in Formula Palmer Audi - earned him the title of British GT 'driver find of the season' last year by Autosport.
Hyman's 2009 British GT season experience, in last year's Chad Racing Ferrari 430, is the ideal complement to Brown which, together with the newly-prepared 430 Scuderia, provides the team with all the ingredients for championship victory.
Additional backers of the Essex-based team this year include car styling accessory brand, Brown & Geeson, and MOMO, both of whom have supported Daniel Brown since his entry to motorsport at the age of 14, in the T-Car series.
Chad Racing Team Manager, Piers Masarati, commented: "It's great to have such an iconic brand as STP with us, and we are confident that the Daniel Brown/Chris Hyman line-up in our new 430 Scuderia will mount a serious challenge at the front of the GT3 field this year."
"We started an intensive test programme last November and broke the lap record at two of the championships circuits. For sure, we will be stronger than last year and with our two cars, we feel confident we can mix it with the other strong pairings in the championship this year," he continued.
"I especially look forward to helping develop Daniel's driving. In testing he has been everything I expected, quick and consistent, and paired with Chris, who was so quick in FPA and British GT last year, they will be a force in the Championship," he concluded.
STP's was founded over fifty years ago in the USA, and is the global leader in fuel additives for optimum engine efficiency.
The brand heritage has been steeped in international motorsport for half a century, sponsoring race teams for the likes of Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Mario Andretti (including the infamous Indy gas turbine cars), Jean Pablo Montoya, plus F1 (March), Group C & GTP, and NASCAR. STP backed Richard Petty throughout his seven NASCAR Winston Cup Championship victories (and all 200 race wins since 1972), and maintains a relationship with his team to this day. The 2010 Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia is presented in the STP race livery echoing that of the Petty Racing NASCARS.
STP is also a founder sponsor of Richard Noble's current BLOODHOUND 1,000mph World Land Speed Record bid, set for 2011 / 2012 in South Africa.
About Chad Racing:
Chad Racing was formed in 2005 by Ivan Dockerill to run a professional race team in Sports and GT programmes in Europe and the UK. Today, the business operates from a 15,000 sq ft purpose build facility with a separate body and paint shop operation on site, to maximise the in-house capability.
The company is currently in the second of a three-year programme to run Kia Belgium's Touring car programme. The Chad Racing-designed and developed chassis operates with full factory funding and support.
Alongside this programme, Chad Racing has a second race department running sports cars in British and Belgium GT championships and various high profile endurance events such as the Spa 24 Hours, managed and operated by Piers Masarati.
Currently, Chad Racing has the following racing cars in its stable: 4 x Ferrari 430 GT3, 1 x Porsche 997 RSR GT2, 1 x 997 GT3 and a Norma VdeV chassis in addition to the three Kia Touring Cars.