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Triple M Race Engineering is a race team and low volume car maker owned by [http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/IMMC_Wiki IMMC] president Michael Masin, founded in 1995 as a privateer team, before buying [http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/MSX/R MSX/R] and becoming the factory [http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/MSX MSX] racing team
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Triple M Race Engineering is a race team and low volume founded in 1995 as a privateer team, before buying [http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/MSX/R MSX/R] and becoming the factory [http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/MSX MSX] racing team
   
 
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Main Article:  http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/Triple_M_Race_Engineering
 
Main Article:  http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/Triple_M_Race_Engineering
   
Triple M was started as a privateer team in the Australian Skectup Touring Car Championship by Michael Masin, heir to the MSX Automotive International (now known as IMMC) presidency. Masin was an engineer working at MSX/R's road car division who wanted to make a name for himself in motorsport. Two MSX ST7 5.0L super touring cars were bought new from Richard Gibson Motorsport, then owners of MSX/R, along with two ASTCC racing licences. From these beginnings Triple M quickly grew to build their own cars, and contest the British Skectup Touring Car Championship.
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Triple M was started as a privateer team in the Australian Skectup Touring Car Championship as a privateer team with limited financial support from MSX and techniical assistance from MSX/R's ASTCC team Two MSX ST7 5.0L super touring cars were bought new from Richard Gibson Motorsport, then owners of MSX/R, along with two ASTCC racing licences. From these beginnings Triple M quickly grew to build their own cars, and contest the British Skectup Touring Car Championship.
   
 
Triple M acquired MSX/R from a retiring Richard Gibson in 1998 with MSX continuing to support MSX/R under their new owners. Buying MSX/R gave Triple M a Sketchup World Touring Car Championship team, a World Rally team and a road car business. The rally team was discontinued in 2001 following poor results causing lack of sponsors, but the touring car teams were highly successful in the 5.0L V8 production based [http://sketchup-motorsport.wikia.com/wiki/Super_5000_Touring_Cars Super 5000]  category. winning 6 world championships between 2000 and 2012, when the series broke up, with the Sketchup DTM champion from 2014 onwards to be named World Touring Car Champion. 
 
Triple M acquired MSX/R from a retiring Richard Gibson in 1998 with MSX continuing to support MSX/R under their new owners. Buying MSX/R gave Triple M a Sketchup World Touring Car Championship team, a World Rally team and a road car business. The rally team was discontinued in 2001 following poor results causing lack of sponsors, but the touring car teams were highly successful in the 5.0L V8 production based [http://sketchup-motorsport.wikia.com/wiki/Super_5000_Touring_Cars Super 5000]  category. winning 6 world championships between 2000 and 2012, when the series broke up, with the Sketchup DTM champion from 2014 onwards to be named World Touring Car Champion. 

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Triple M

Major sponsors of SP Tools MSX/R and Valvoline Racing MSX


Triple M Race Engineering is a race team and low volume founded in 1995 as a privateer team, before buying MSX/R and becoming the factory MSX racing team

History

Main Article:  http://immc.wikia.com/wiki/Triple_M_Race_Engineering

Triple M was started as a privateer team in the Australian Skectup Touring Car Championship as a privateer team with limited financial support from MSX and techniical assistance from MSX/R's ASTCC team Two MSX ST7 5.0L super touring cars were bought new from Richard Gibson Motorsport, then owners of MSX/R, along with two ASTCC racing licences. From these beginnings Triple M quickly grew to build their own cars, and contest the British Skectup Touring Car Championship.

Triple M acquired MSX/R from a retiring Richard Gibson in 1998 with MSX continuing to support MSX/R under their new owners. Buying MSX/R gave Triple M a Sketchup World Touring Car Championship team, a World Rally team and a road car business. The rally team was discontinued in 2001 following poor results causing lack of sponsors, but the touring car teams were highly successful in the 5.0L V8 production based Super 5000  category. winning 6 world championships between 2000 and 2012, when the series broke up, with the Sketchup DTM champion from 2014 onwards to be named World Touring Car Champion. 

With only a few exceptions, Triple M's circuit racing history has revolved around the MSX ST7. The ST2 WRC was used for rallying and the XT8 will enter the Dakar Rally next year, but everywhere else some form of ST7 is used. S40, 50, 60 and 70 series ST7s have been used for SWTCC and ASTCC cars, and the S62 and later S71 ST7 Fastback/Taipan have been competing in GT3 racing since the series began. Now the ST7 will take on DTM with the most experienced team and possibly the biggest budget in the field.

DTM

Triple M will contest the 2014 Sketchup DTM Championship with four S75DTM14 model MSX ST7s run under the SP Tools MSX/R and Valvoline Racing MSX banners. They will also supply engines to ORS Motorsport

Cars

Triple M will base it's new DTM car on the 2014 S75 series MSX ST7. Known as the S75DTM14, MSX has ordered the team and any of it's customers not to show the car to the public untill the road car is revealed. What is certain however is that it will use an MSX/R 4.0L V8 engine with 470hp, have a carbon fibre body with significant aerodynamic modifications and a carbon fibre safety cell housing the driver and fuel cell

SP Tools MSX/R

Drivers

Car 4: Eric Besnard (AUS)

Car 5: Nathan Richards (NZ)

Eric Besnard is an incredibly talented touring and sports car driver. Driving for MSX/R since 2003 he has won the Sketchup Australian Touring Car Championship (2006, 2007), GT3 World Championship (2010) and World Touring Car Championship (2012, 2013). In 2014 he will contest the Sketchup DTM Championship and Le Mans for MSX/R and be a test driver for the Vertice F1 team. Nathan Richards' driving record is equally impressive, having won the Sketchup New Zealand Touring Car Championship (2006), SATCC (2008), GT3 European Chapmionship (2009), GT3 World Championship (2012, 2013).

Besnard and Richards have raced together in 2007 and 2010-11 and will once again form a team in DTM and share a car at the 2014 Sketchup 24 Hours of Le Mans with James Thompson. 

Sponsors

Title Sponsors: SP Tools, MSX/R

Gold Sponsors

  • MSX
  • Fosters
  • DeWalt
  • Valvoline

Silver Sponsors

  • Apex Body kits
  • Caltex
  • Mother Energy
  • Dunlop
  • Dell
  • 3M

Supporting Sponsors

  • Bunnings
  • Freightliner
  • NGK Spark Plugs
  • The Home Depot
  • Samsung
  • Telstra

Valvoline Racing MSX

Drivers

Car 34: Peter Kelly (CAN)

Car 35: James Thompson (AUS)

Peter Kelly and James Thompson started out in professional motorsport through the MSX/R Young Guns GT3 team driving Triple M's third and fourth MSX/R ST7 Fastbacks. Kelly started with the team in 2010 and Thompson in 2011. Kelly was hired by Triple M after an impressive championship win in a North American one make race series, his sponsor Valvoline then aproached MSX/R with an offer to contimue supporting him. Thompson replaced Nathan Richards in the Caltex car after Richards stepped up to the main MSX/R team. Valvoline took on the sponsorship of Thompson's car in 2013 when the Caltex contact ended, the team officially becoming the Valvoline MSX/R Young Guns GT3 team. This team will continue next year with two new drivers.

On Valvoline's insistance, both Thompson and Kelly were given a seat in the Valvoline Racing MSX team in the 2014 Sketchup DTM championship.

Sponsors

Title Sponsors

  • Valvoline
  • MSX

Gold Sponsors

  • MSX/R
  • Caltex
  • Cummins
  • BOC

Silver Sponsors

  • Mother Energy
  • Dunlop
  • Apex Body kits
  • Pirtek
  • Qantas

Supporting Sponsors

  • Bunnings
  • Freightliner
  • NGK Spark Plugs
  • The Home Depot
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