This season of the British GT Championship came to an end with the final race in Donington on 15th September. It also marked a very important debut for UFI Filters, a leader in filtration and thermal management, which sponsored Dino Zamparelli – the GT4 driver of the GT Marques team, a specialist manufacturer belonging to the Porsche Club Motorsport.
And Zamparelli’s impressive driving skills served him well on his return to the Donington Park (UK) circuit. In the final race last weekend he achieved a well-deserved 5th place in the GT4 ProAM class.
It was also a successful season in terms of visibility for the UFI Filters brand in the United Kingdom, thanks to Zamparelli’s brand-new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport emblazoned with the UFI Filters logo. Dino Zamparelli also fully reflects the UFI Group’s core values of passion, excellence and integrity.
For the driver, who has gained solid experience in the GT Cup, it was an important debut in the premier endurance racing championship in the country. Zamparelli competed in the GT4 ProAM with a Porsche Cayman, powered by the familiar 3.8 litre six-cylinder boxer engine producing 425bhp – the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural fibre composite material. With the supercar, the British driver reached the highest speed of 233 kmph during the Brands Hatch circuit race weekend.
UFI Filters boasts a strong reputation and more than 40 years’ experience in the supply of filtration technologies to the racing world, with more than 110 of its filters supporting each Formula1 race this year. All of these products are customised solutions for the individual cars and adapted to suit the progress of each F1 engine throughout the season. UFI Filters supplies 14-15 different filters for each vehicle, ranging from engine oil filters, fuel filters (low and high pressure) and ‘last chance’ filters (for water and/or oil circuits), to hydraulic and water filters for the cooling circuit, as well as filters on power steering systems. Each technology bears testimony to the extraordinary levels of innovation that have always set the brand apart.
UFI Filters’ expertise developed in the racing sector can also be found in the products it supplies for Original Equipment to almost every automotive brand on a worldwide basis. The on-road version of the Porsche 718 Cayman is equipped with an UFI oil filter module on both the 2.0 and 2.5 litre versions, a product that is also available to the company’s Aftermarket customers.
Dino Zamparelli stated: “I am so proud of what I’ve achieved in my debut season in the British GT. We were able to improve race by race; and for the final we made every effort to surpass ourselves again. It has been a really positive experience working with UFI Filters in 2019 and I really hope the partnership will be renewed for the next season. With this strong partner in the background I can fully concentrate on my job. There is still a lot of work to be done to improve our results for 2020, but I am very committed to moving forward.”
Karl Ridings, UK & Ireland Sales Manager – Aftermarket comments: “We are very proud of this partnership with Dino, which has already helped to build our brand awareness both with the public and within the growing environment of social media. Our congratulations to Dino and to his team! This sponsorship has boosted our presence in the UK, where we can already rely on a strengthened sales team.”
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