Since Endurance is one of Gulf’s core values, Gulf celebrated its 50th anniversary of its participation in the 24 hour of Le Mans, considered the toughest race across the Globe.
Gulf Racing returns again this year, for another tilt at the incredibly competitive GTE Am category with the car. They are joined, in Gulf colors in the most competitive category of this year’s race – the 25 car entry LMP2 class – by current Asian Le Mans Series champions, Tockwith Motorsports, who make their Le Mans 24 Hours debut, in a Ligier J2 P217 car – a manufacturer Gulf has raced herewith before – with a team lineup that includes India’s ex-F1 star Karun Chandok.
Across the 50 years, the blue and orange livery of Gulf has become famous world-wide due to its pure dominance. Off track, visitors to the race see fans everywhere in sporting Gulf clothing – such is the brand’s special relationship with the event and the enthusiasts who flock to watch the 24 hour motorsport epic – more than 250,000 of them.
In 1967, the factory Ford team, having celebrated its first World Sports car Championship race victory at Spa in May – and the first for the legendary Gulf livery, which had made its world debut the month before – turned up with three light blue and orange Fords: one GT40 and two of the coupe versions of the car, otherwise known as the Mirage M1.
In 1975 the Gulf GR8-Ford driven by Jacky Ickx, alongside Britain’s Derek Bell, took outright victory making Gulf unique as the only sponsor ever to have its name officially recognized in the title of a Le Mans Winning car. Little did people know that GR in the name stood for Gulf Research, as Gulf had funded its team boss John Wyer to become a race car constructor.
In its 40th anniversary of its first win in 2008, Gulf teamed up with Aston Martin for an assault on the top GT category at Le Mans. It paid off big time as the Gulf cars came out on top of a titanic battle against the Chevrolet factory team and once again Gulf tasted victory at Le Mans. The winning relationship lasted till 2015.
In 2016 Gulf’s colors were flown at Le Mans by the British squad, Gulf Racing who reunited Gulf with Porsche, competing in the GTE Am category, with the team’s pretty 911 GTE RSR until lately when Karan Chandok joined the band wagon!!!!