At age 10, Kevin Estre also began his racing career in karting, clinching several championships in the few years to follow. From there, he advanced to Formula Renault 2.0 then went on to win the French Porsche Carrera Cup Championship in 2011. In 2013, Estre’s success continued, and the Frenchman was crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Champion. His efforts paid off in 2014, when McLaren GT named Estre as their newest Factory GT driver. That season Estre earned two podiums in the Blancpain GT Series while also competing in the United SportsCar Championship and VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. Estre will be in command of the #9 McLaren 650S GT3.
Driven to succeed, Robert Thorne is a 21-year-old professional race car driver who has spent the better part of his life winning from behind the wheel of go-karts and race cars, alike. When Thorne was eight years old, he began racing karts after his godfather purchase a track to refurbish. It was then that Thorne realized that his racing talent came naturally. Thorne earned his competition racing license at 15 years old, a year before it was legal for him to drive on public roads.
In 2005, a young Robert Thorne traveled to Valencia, Spain, to compete in Formula BMW USA’s licensing course. While he was there, Thorne became one of four drivers to earn the prestigious Formula BMW Scholarship for the 2006 season. After the trip to Spain, his dreams of becoming a professional race car driver were set in stone. Thorne finished fifth in the rookie cup in his first year of open-wheel racing.
Thorne saw even more success in 2007 with two podium finishes and sixth place in the series’ championship.
In 2008, Thorne was ready to step up to a higher level, and signed with Racer’s Edge Motorsports, a team competing in the Rolex Grand-Am Series. Thorne’s initial test at Daytona and first drive in a sports car showed promising results when he broke the track record by half a second. Thorne and his teammates followed the performance by finishing in the top 10 at the Daytona 24 Hours in the GT competition class.
Besides karting and open endurance racing, Thorne has also competed ice racing and autocrossing. In 2011, Thorne won the national championship in SCCA Solo autocrossing and a second place in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The New Jersey native and current Colorado resident joined K-PAX Racing in 2012, racing in the World Challenge Series’ Touring Car class with a prepped Volvo C30. After competing for two seasons with K-PAX, Thorne stepped up to the GT Class’ K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3 for 2014.