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  • McLaren 720S GT3 of Customer Racing team Balfe Motorsport takes ‘lights-to-flag’ British GT victory at Donington Park, UK
  • Championship final standings seeTolman Motorsport’s McLaren Driver Development Programme drivers finish 2nd in GT4 Teams class and ; Balfe Motorsport securing 2nd in highly-competitive GT4 Pro-Am class; HHC Motorsport finishes 3rd in GT4 Drivers and GT4 Silver Cup
  • McLaren 720S GT3 completes debut North American season at ‘Monterey Sports Car Championship powered by McLaren’ race event
McLaren Customer Racing teams competed in GT3 and GT4 categories globally this weekend, with the new McLaren 720S GT3 achieving a breakthrough victory on home soil as Balfe Motorsport took the outright win in the British GT finale at Donington Park, UK. The 1st place finish crowned a successful debut season in the British series, the Balfe Motorsport 720S GT3 having secured back-to-back pole positions and podium results to come third overall in the championship.

An impressive qualifying performance saw team owner Shaun Balfe and McLaren Factory Driver teammate Rob Bell top the timesheets across split qualifying sessions. This marked a second pole position of the season for the pair, who also headed the grid at the penultimate round. The striking red #22 720S GT3 showed strong pace throughout the 120-minute race at Donington Park, crossing the line for a lights-to-flag victory.

Further highlights from the weekend of McLaren Customer Racing action included:

British GT Championship, Donington Park

  • Podium finish for Balfe Motorsport in the GT4 Pro-Am class, securing 2nd place in the championship for Graham Johnson and McLaren Young Professional, Michael O’Brien
  • Top-10 finish for Tolman Motorsport #5 570S GT4, with McLaren Driver Development programme drivers James Dorlin, Josh Smith, Jordan Collard and Lewis Proctor securing 2nd place in the GT4 Teams championship
  • #57 570S GT4 of Dean McDonald and Callum Pointon took 3rd place both in the overall GT4 Drivers points standings and in GT4 SIlver Cup with HHC Motorsport
Monterey Sports Car Championship powered by McLaren

  • McLaren Automotive was the Presenting Sponsor of the IMSA race weekend at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Titled ‘Monterey Sports Car Championship powered by McLaren’, the event included both the final round of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup and the penultimate round of the Michelin PILOT Challenge calendar
IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup,WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

  • The #76 McLaren 720S GT3 of Compass Racing completed its debut season in North America at the final round of the newly-launched Sprint Cup contest
  • After a top-six qualifying performance, McLaren Factory mDriver Paul Holton and teammate Matt Plumb finished 10th in the highly-competitive GTD class
IMSA Michelin PILOT Challenge, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

  • Strong qualifying performances saw Compass Racing and championship-contenders Motorsports In Action secure 2nd and 3rd on GT4 grid
  • Important points-paying top-10 finish for the #69 570S GT4 of Motorsports In Action keeps the Canadian team 2nd in the championship heading to the final round
Scandinavian GT, Rudskogen

  • McLaren Customer Racing team ALFAB Racing secured pole position, a race win and 2nd place during the weekend’s double-header event at Rudskogen, Norway
  • The results see the Swedish team now leading the championship by five points heading to the season finale
ADAC GT4 Germany, Hockenheim

  • Five McLaren 570S GT4s from McLaren Customer Racing teams Dörr Motorsport and Team GT contested the penultimate round of the ADAC GT4 Germany championship at Hockenheim
  • Top result of the weekend saw Dorr Motorsport finish the second race in 8th place
 

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Looks very Koenigseggy
Karl Thompson (Compass Racing) said the GT3 fenders are flared to allow room for wider tires.
The yellow corvette GTLM class had the loudest exhaust of all the cars on the track — louder than Montoya’s DPi car.
 

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McLAREN 720S GT3 TO MAKE GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE ENDURANCE CUP DEBUT


The McLaren 720S GT3 will this season compete for outright honours in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup for the first time, as Optimum Motorsport is confirmed as the latest team to join the McLaren Customer Racing stable. The Yorkshire-based outfit has confirmed it will run the new 720S GT3 with McLaren Factory Drivers Rob Bell and Joe Osborne running alongside new McLaren Professional Driver Ollie Wilkinson as a full Pro entry.

Competing in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – formerly Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – the 720S GT3 and Optimum Motorsport will contest the full, five-round calendar. The opening round takes place at Monza, Italy in April, after which the championship visits Silverstone, UK and Circuit Paul Ricard, France, before the biggest test on the GT3 calendar with the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July. The Endurance Cup season then heads to Germany for the season finale at the Nürburgring.

McLaren Factory Driver Rob Bell returns to the championship having taken the Endurance Cup driver title in 2016, adding to his 2020 race season alongside a full Intelligent Money British GT campaign with Balfe Motorsport. Fellow Factory Driver Joe Osborne is confirmed for his first full season with the 720S GT3 after successfully debuting the car in China during 2019, finishing on the podium during each race he contested and securing a double race win. Osborne is back on the Endurance Cup grid having last campaigned selected rounds during the 2016 season, which included a Pro-Am podium at the 24 Hours of Spa.

Ollie Wilkinson completes the team’s line-up having recently joined the driver roster as a McLaren Professional Driver, following an impressive past few seasons which has seen him awarded the highly-coveted BRDC Rising Star status. The 23-year old Yorkshireman also won the British GT Silver championship in 2019, in only his second year of GT3 competition.

The announcement also marks the championship debut for Yorkshire-based Optimum Motorsport, which previously contested the International GT Open championship, and back-to-back British GT titles across GT4 and GT3 classes for the past four years.

“I am really pleased to welcome Optimum Motorsport to the McLaren Customer Racing family. The team has worked extremely hard to achieve some fantastic results over the past few years, and this confirmation of an all-British Pro entry with Rob, Joe and Ollie running in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup is extremely exciting.

“The decision to enter the Endurance Cup is a big step for all involved, and it is the ultimate challenge in GT3 racing for the drivers, the team and the car. Each of the races will be a true test, especially the biggest race of the year when the calendar visits Spa for the 24-hour event, but the team and line-up is extremely strong and more than up to the challenge they face.”

Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport, McLaren Automotive

The 720S GT3 enters a second competitive season in 2020, having run with Customer Racing teams globally throughout 2019. Pole position and a race win at the first event of the season at the Australian GT opener, and pole position and a first British GT victory at the season finale, bookended the year.
 
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