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– New McLaren 720S GT3 laps the entire field on race debut at Gulf 12 Hours
– First race car designed and built in-house by McLaren Automotive outperforms new GT3 cars from rival manufacturers on outright pace
– McLaren Customer Racing team salvages strong race finish after late-race drama
– 720S GT3 set to continue test and development programme ahead of homologation Read More »

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– Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente and Shane van Gisbergen to drive McLaren 720S GT3 at Gulf 12 Hours on December 13-15
– Endurance race at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit will be the competitive debut of the new 720S GT3 race car
– 720S GT3 is the first car designed and built by McLaren Automotive’s in-house motorsport department
– Car will be entered by in-house McLaren Customer Racing team for debut race Read More »

mclaren-september16aFactory Drivers Rob Bell, Côme Ledogar and Shane van Gisbergen secured the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Cup Drivers Championship and customer team Garage 59 won the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Teams Championship at the Nürburgring in one of the most successful weekends for McLaren in GT3 racing.

In the final three-hour race of the Blancpain season, the #58 650S GT3, driven by Bell, Ledogar and Brit Duncan Tappy – standing in for season-regular van Gisbergen – finished P30. However, with two wins from the season’s five races against a world-class GT3 field which was constantly over 60 cars strong, the team and drivers were still able to take both titles by a single point. Read More »

Seven examples of the McLaren 650S GT3 were in action over the weekend, taking part in the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course round of the Pirelli World Challenge.  As a result of the challenging weekend, McLaren GT associated drivers and customer teams now lead the points tallies in seven of the standings associated with the two championships, including McLaren leading the Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship.

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The McLaren 650S GT3 will return to the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes Forest later this month as three examples line up to take on the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa – 28-31 July – run by McLaren GT customer team Garage 59. The regular Blancpain Endurance Cup driver line-of of Factory Drivers Rob Bell (GB), Côme Ledogar (FR) and Shane van Gisbergen (NZ) in the #58 car and Academy Drivers Alex Fontana (CH), Struan Moore (JE) and Andrew Watson (NI) in the iconic #59 will be joined by Bruno Senna (BR), Duncan Tappy (GB) and Luis Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani (BR) in the third entry running as number #60.McLaren pre-Spa16a Read More »

Victory for the McLaren 650S GT3 at the Paul Ricard 1000km sees McLaren GT Factory Driver Rob Bell lead the overall Blancpain GT Drivers Championship by 20 points. The race was won in dramatic fashion with Bell and fellow Factory Drivers Shane Van Gisbergen and Côme Ledogar taking the chequered flag after six hours with a 3.7s winning margin.

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The #58 650S GT3 of customer team Garage 59 finished P6 in the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Cup at Silverstone to maintain Factory Driver Rob Bell’s Blancpain GT Series title hopes with six rounds remaining. There was further success for the 650S GT3 in Italy as customer team FFF Racing Team by ACM finished P2 in the inaugural round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at Imola.

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McLaren GT Factory Drivers Rob Bell, Côme Ledogar, Shane van Gisbergen and Alvaro Parente claimed victories in Europe and North America as the 650S GT3 enjoyed a strong weekend. The race-focused version of Super Series model secured a dramatic win at the opening round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Monza, Italy, a double podium in the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park in the USA and pole position and a win at the first weekend of the International GT Open championship in Estoril, Portugal.

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McLaren BlancpainThe McLaren GT Factory Driver line up of Rob Bell, Côme Ledogar, Alvaro Parente and Shane van Gisbergen will join forces with the drivers in the recently announced McLaren GT Driver Academy as part of bold plans by customer team Garage 59 to contest the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series. The team will take part in a 10-date calendar visiting some of the most iconic circuits in Europe. Read More »

McLaren van GisbergenMcLaren GT has confirmed that Shane Van Gisbergen will be retained as a Factory Driver for the 2016 season. The New Zealand-born racer will return to the wheel of the 650S GT3 for selected races across Europe, alongside his other commitments in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship. Read More »