Mclaren gears up to go the distance

Mclaren GT3 to race at Spa

Mclaren hopes to see the sunset and sunrise at Spa. (Mclaren)

A new era is beginning for Mclaren as they gear up to run a trio of MP4-12C GT3s at Spa for next weekend’s 24 Hour race. This is the first time since the 1990s that a Mclaren GT car has done a full endurance event. The newly formed Mclaren GT squad will be joined by VonRyan Racing who become the first customers for Woking’s GT3 machine.

Three MP4-12Cs will be entered with a whole heap of experience behind the wheel. The first car is piloted by Rob Bell, Tim Mullen and Mclaren GT’s test driver and executive director Chris Goodwin, a man who knows the car intimately. The second car entered by the semi-works effort has single-seater star Alvaro Parente, British talent Oliver Turvey and CRS Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy taking the controls. Mclaren GT is being run by CRS, the experienced British effort who ironically made their name fielding Ferraris, Woking’s big rival on the track and the road. The third car is run by new outfit VonRyan Racing, the first of many customer teams if things go well this weekend. Adam Christodoulou, Glynn Geddie, Phil Quaife and Roger Willis will be running in the Pro-Am Cup category for a team that little is known about.

The MP4-12C has already run at Spa in British GT earlier in the month scoring a fourth place in the second race and starting on pole for the first encounter, though racing all day and all night event is a different ballgame. However Mclaren is one of the few manufacturers who you expect to get it right first time. When they last showed up at a 24 hour race with a new car was at Le Mans in 1995 – and they only went and won it…

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