The Martini brand returns to American sportscar racing at this weekend's Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, where its iconic stripes will adorn the #8 Starworks ORECA FLM09.

A Martini-sponsored Porsche 917 driven by Vic Elford and Gerard Larousse won the Sebring 12 Hours in 1971 and now, 43 years on, Micro Schultis and Renger van der Zande will be hoping to return one of the most historic motorsport liveries to the top step of the podium at the new two-hour Monterey event, the third round of the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

The field for the TUSC race has been split in to two due to size, with the PC and GTD classes racing at 1315hrs local time on Sunday, followed by the P and GTLM classes at 1745hrs.

The #8 Starworks entry currently lies third in the Prototype Challenge standings after the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, and team owner Peter Baron is hoping its new association can bring further success.

"We are tremendously excited to bring back the famous livery to sportscar racing in the USA," he commented, "The fantastic news is that, with Mirco and Renger in the car, we are confident it will return to victory lane!

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"This new livery also coincides with the start of the championship drive. The aim is to get through the 24 and 12-hour races in the best position possible without losing points from a disaster. We are now confident that our line-up of Mirco and Renger in the two-driver races will be challenging for wins every time we go out - and of bringing Martini into victory lane."