Status Grand Prix
Status Grand Prix is firmly established as one of Europe’s leading motor racing teams outside of Formula One™, successfully competing in the GP3 feeder-series to Formula One and Le Mans prototype sports car racing.
Established by Mark Gallagher and Dublin business man Mark Kershaw in 2005, the team competed for four years in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
In the 2008/09 season Team Ireland dominated the championship, scoring 5 victories en route to winning the World Cup of Motorsport, while their second car – this time Team Netherlands – won two races and finished 4th overall.
Since then Status has moved into GP3 – the new feederseries to Formula One – racing alongside Formula One at the European Grands Prix. It finished 2nd in the Championship in 2010 with Canadian superstar Robert Wickens, challenging for the title again in 2011 and finishing 2nd on its 2012 debut at the Spanish Grand Prix. The team has won many prestigious races, including the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix GP3 event.
Status Grand Prix also competes in Le Mans sports car racing, initially fielding cars on behalf of customers in the 2006 and 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours, but now operating its own Lola LMP2 Coupe in the European Le Mans Series and in both the 2012 and 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. A podium debut in France once again underlined Status’s capabilities.
The team remains co-owned by Mark, with new partners businessman Teddy Yip – whose father owned the Theodore Racing Formula One team of the 1980s – and ex-Formula One and Le Mans sports car racer, David Kennedy.