Historia de Gulf MotorSports

Con una herencia de 100 años, la marca Gulf Oil es reconocida y respetada a nivel mundial por millones de clientes. Desde la apertura de la primera estación de servicio en Pittsburgh, Estados Unidos, en 1913, ha liderado el comercio minorista de combustibles.
Gracias a nuestro espíritu pionero, comenzamos a desarrollarnos en otros sitios, identificándonos con el reconocido disco naranja que aún hoy forma parte del logotipo de Gulf Oil.
Durante la década de 1960, la marca desarrolló campañas de marketing de alto nivel, incluido el patrocinio de los aterrizajes de la luna de Apolo.
Además de la cobertura mundial de las ventas de lubricantes, hoy en día Gulf Oil está presente en más de 25 países en todo el mundo tanto para la venta al por menor de combustible como para los lubricantes, con aspiraciones de alcanzar 60 en este año.

THE ASTON MARTIN RACING PARTNERSHIP

2008 – 2015

2013

GULF DRIVERS ARE WEC GTE AM CHAMPIONS

The 2013 season saw Aston Martin Racing continue in its winning ways in the World Endurance Championship, in both the GTE Pro and GTE Categories.

2012

SUPERB PODIUM RUN ENDS IN VICTORY IN CHINA

AMR returned to its GT roots and a full WEC season rarely saw the 97 Vantage GTE finish off the victory podium in the GTE Pro category. First time out, the car secured a fine runner up slot in the WEC opening round at the Sebring 12 Hours. A rare retirement at Spa was followed by third place at Le Mans, and then six consecutive podium finishes, which culminated in victory at the final round of the season in China.

2011

A SEASON OF TWO HALVES

AMR-1, Aston Martin’s first ground-up LMP1 machine succeeded, the DBR1-2. The amount of development necessary ultimately proved greater than had been anticipated and after a poor showing at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the decision was made to revert to the DBR 1-2 for the remainder of the season.

At the Laguna Seca round of the American Le Mans series Gulf and Aston Martin Racing  returned to winning ways, running almost faultlessly en route to victory. The car then took a podium place at the final round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the “Petit Le Mans.

2010

PODIUM FINISHES AROUND THE WORLD

An updated version of the 2009 DBR 1-2 took to the track at Sebring for the classic 12 Hour race and scored a fine third place finish behind two factory Peugeot diesels. Second place finish followed this in the 8 Hours of Le Castellet at France’s Paul Ricard circuit and another runner’s up slot a week later at the Long Beach ALMS race.

2009

LE MANS SERIES CHAMPIONS

2009 saw the unveiling of Aston Martin Racing’s LMP1 Le Mans prototype – the DBR 1-2 – in January and, there followed a year of exceptional success with two Le Mans Series race wins, an unbroken run of LMS podium finishes (including a 1-2-3 “clean sweep” at the Nürburgring) and three LMS titles, Teams, Manufacturers and Drivers.

AMR and Gulf also achieved further success at the end of season at the initial running of the Asian Le Mans Series.

2008

GT1 VICTORY AT THE LE MANS 24 HOURS

In January 2008, Gulf launched its partnership with Aston Martin Racing. The “marriage” of two such well-loved motorsport brands immediately captured the public’s imagination and this was further fuelled by victory for the blue and orange DBR9s in the GT1 category of the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours.

INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

2007

Zytek

With PBR not taking part in 2007, Gulf increased its support of the Barazi-Epsilon team in its challenge for glory in the Le Mans Series and the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.  The team raced the all-new LMP2 contender from British constructor Zytek, the 07S. The Zytek had a mixed season but did win the LMP2 category at Silverstone and Interlagos and took a second place at the Nurburgring. This resulted in Barazi-Epsilon finishing third in the LMP2 team standings for 2007.

2006

PBR LMP2

Gulf again sponsored Paul Belmondo Racing and also further extended its support to fellow LMP2 entrant, Barazi-Epsilon, with excellent results. Barazi-Epsilon had a season to remember, taking first in LMP2 in both Team and Drivers’ championships.

2006

Dakar Rally

Gulf kicked off 2006 venturing into new territory, when it sponsored Paul Belmondo’s factory-supported Nissan 4×4 on the gruelling Dakar Rally. The Frenchman’s Nissan challenged for the production car honours during the first half of the event until it was forced into retirement.

2005

PBR Courages

2005 marked the opening of a new chapter in Gulf’s international motorsport history with Paul Belmondo Racing (PBR). The PBR Courages took victory in the LMP2 category at both Monza and Silverstone and finished on the podium a further three times (including second and third in LMP2 at the Le Mans 24 Hours). The team and drivers only narrowly missed out on being LMP2 Champions, finishing the season third.

2001

Audi R8

In 2001 Gulf sponsored an Audi R8 run by Stefan Johansson, which competed in the famous blue and orange colours and became the Driver and Team Class Champions in the 2001 European Le Mans Series.

1990s

Into the 90s

After the sale of the Mirage team it was almost 20 years before Gulf made a welcome return to the international motor racing arena. In 1994 Gulf sponsored Derek Bell’s attempt to equal Jacky Ickx’s all-time record of six Le Mans successes. Driving the Gulf Kremer Porsche Spyder K8, Bell finished a creditable sixth on the famous Sarthe Circuit in France.

Between 1995 and 1997 Gulf renewed its successful link with McLaren in sportscars, with the racing version of its million-dollar road car – the McLaren F1GTR.

The Gulf-McLarens broke with tradition and ran in Gulf’s official corporate colours – dark blue and orange – for two of the three seasons before reverting to the iconic Gulf racing colours in 1997. During this time the team took nine race wins and, with Ray Bellm and James Weaver, won the Global GT Championship title in 1996.

1970s

McLaren

In 1968 Gulf further broadened its sponsorship activities by supporting McLaren in Can-Am, Indycar and Formula One racing, a partnership that would last until 1974. Over this hectic and hugely successful period Gulf secured seven F1 victories through McLaren and the company also sponsored the 1969 Brabham F1 team cars.

Gulf’s link with McLaren in Formula One continued successfully until the end of 1973 season but Gulf Team McLaren will probably be best remembered for its spectacular domination of the Can-Am series between 1968 and 1972, winning 35 races and achieving a first-second combination on no fewer than 20 occasions.

1960s

WEC

During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Gulf promoted the brand worldwide through the financial and technical sponsorship of a number of major-team motor racing programmes. International exposure was achieved most notably when Gulf’s Vice President Grady Davis linked the company up with John Wyer to mastermind Gulf’s participation in the World Endurance Championship.

The Gulf-JW Automotive team became a legendary force between 1967 and 1975 with the Ford GT40, Porsche 917 and Mirage cars. Gulf achieved victory at Le Mans in 1968, 1969 and 1975 as well as taking World Championship Sportscar honours.

1960s

Orange & Blue

It was also during this period that the now iconic Gulf racing colours made their first appearance. Gulf’s corporate livery of dark blue and orange was considered too muted for team car colours, so powder blue and orange (the colours of the recently-acquired Wilshire Oil Company) were chosen to reflect the vibrancy of the brand.

They have remained Gulf’s primary racing colours ever since and are one of the most widely recognised motorsport liveries of all time. They are so synonymous with the company that in recent years Gulf became the first lubricant company to officially trademark its racing colours.

1930s

Indy 500

Gulf’s star-studded motor racing record extends further into history than many people can recall. It was Gulf’s interest in frontier-extending motor racing research that prompted it to attack the Indianapolis 500 with the fabulous rear-engined “Gulf-Miller” four-wheel drive cars as long ago as 1938.

The cars were out of luck at Indy but driver George Barringer then smashed no fewer than 14 International Class D (2-3 litre) speed records in one on Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. This included 158.446mph for the flying 5 kms, 150.242mph for an hour, and the full 500 miles Indy distance at 142.770mph – staggering figures for the era.