McLaren Automotive announced that McLaren GT will make its return to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend for Total 24 Hours of Spa. The move follows a successful race debut there in the British GT Championship early in July. The second race in the MP4-12C GT3’s development program will see ten experienced racing drivers pilot a trio of MP-412C GT3’s first ever 24 hour race.
“The McLaren GT driver line-up for the Total 24 Hours of Spa includes CRS Racing Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test driver Chris Goodwin,” McLaren said. “Both are Directors of the new McLaren GT company, which is led by McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh and includes McLaren Racing Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams.”
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“I’m delighted with the quality of the drivers we have enlisted as we take the 12C GT3 to its first 24 hour race. This level of endurance racing is a crucial test for the car technically, and we need the best possible team working with us to ensure we receive intelligent, objective feedback on the 12C GT3 driving experience. We will use this feedback as we continue to develop the car in readiness for customers to go racing next year.
McLaren GT will continue to use the 2011 race season to develop the 12C GT3, with 20 cars due for delivery to private teams for GT3 series racing in 2012.
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