Motul, a full-service French international developer, manufacturer, and distributor of a variety of engine oils and lubricants, is proud to announce they are sponsoring Samantha Tan, a 19-year old racecar driver from Gormley, Ontario (Canada), in the Pirelli World Challenge, in 2017. For the first time, Tan will drive for her own team, ST Racing, along with her teammate well-known driver, Nick Wittmer, both competing in the TC class.
Passionate about helping to make racing dreams a reality for drivers all over the world, Motul sponsors up-and-coming young racing talents as a way to help them make their dreams a reality.
“Samantha is a formidable talent who is making a name for herself in racing.,” said Guillaume Pailleret, President of Motul North America. “As a fearless female driver, we are proud to sponsor her and help her encourage more young women to consider racing.”
“I am so honored to have Motul on board as my sponsor,” said Tan. “I met the President and the whole staff at Motul last month, at their offices in California, and they were all so welcoming. It will be an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I look forward to building this relationship for many more years. I am proud to represent such a fine product as Motul. Everyone at ST Racing welcomes them and we couldn’t be happier to have them on the Team. This is so amazing.”
Tan’s team, ST Racing, was officially launched in October of 2016. It is a team of experienced racing managers ready to secure a win for Tan and Wittmer. Both drivers will be debuting a new car, the BMW M235iR in the TC class at the event. Presently, Kenneth Tan works as the Team Principal, Ben Distaulo as the Team Manager, and Alex Dupré as the Team Engineer. Pierre Savoy is filling the crucial role as the Driver Coach for Samantha Tan leading up to the event.
Motul carries hundreds of high quality oil and lubricant products for passenger cars, power sports and powersport applications, marine, gardening, heavy-duty products, and industrial applications. Sponsoring Tan, an award-winning driver, is a collaborative partnership for both the Tan Team and the Motul brand moving forward.
The Pirelli World Challenge is North America’s top production car-based racing championship. Grand Touring, GT Cup, and Touring Car classes all compete during the event. The challenge celebrated its 25th anniversary season in 2014 after being born in 1990.
ABOUT SAMANTHA TAN
Samantha Tan is a 19 year old race car driver from Gormley, Ontario, Canada. She found her interest in cars at the young age of 5, when her father bought her a Power Wheels Jeep. She fondly recalls drifting around the driveway in front of her house and was always striving to complete a full 180.
Tan was the youngest driver to participate in the Ferrari Driving Experience at Mont Tremblant (Quebec), where she ultimately made her decision to start racing. Over the winter month of 2014, she competed in NASA (National AutoSport Association), where she achieved a 2nd place finish at Gateway International, and two 3rd place finishes at Virginia International Raceway.
During the summer months, she was a part of the Canadian Touring Car Championship in the #45 Mini Cooper S JCW. Samantha finished 5th out of 22 cars in the Touring Class, 9th out of 47 overall in the Series, and was recognized as Rookie of the Year.
Tan is now competing in the Pirelli World Challenge (Touring Class) with her own team, ST Racing. Both Samantha Tan and her teammate Nick Wittmer are driving a new car, the BMW M235iR. Samantha Tan is currently a studying economics at the University of California Irvine, where she resides.
Motul is a world-class French company specialized in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motultech activity.
Motul is also recognized as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.
Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports.
Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance Series, Dakar, Motul Petit Le Mans, Le Mans Classic, MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica, AMA Flat Track, World MX, FIM Endurance World Championship, IOM TT, MOTUL FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, Roof of Africa and score of others.