Nine McLaren 12C GT3 Set For Spa Race

With the car busienss going smoothly and on track, MCLaren turns its attention to the business of motorsport, where they seem to be after some big achievements as they’ve lined up nine 12C GT3’s to take part in Spa 24 hours race.

The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 is the first McLaren car built for FIA GT series racing since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in1997. The 12C GT3 is based on the new MP4-12C high-performance sports car and a team of engineers, designers and test drivers with vast experience in Formula 1 and GT racing has been assembled to undertake the process of adapting the carbon chassis-based 12C to racing specification.

The gruelling 24-hour race is the headline event in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series, and one of the most demanding events on the motorsport calendar. With the 12C GT3 still in its competitive debut season, McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin is pleased with the progress made by the McLaren GT customer teams in 2012.



Goodwin said: “With wins recorded in FIA GT1 World by Hexis Racing and, more recently, by ART GP in the French GT series, it is very satisfying to see that the potential of the 12C GT3 is beginning to be realised at this early stage of its life. Spa 24-hour is unlike any other GT race. It is a spectacular, but incredibly challenging, circuit and efficiency and reliability will be vital to all competitors as well as being able to react to the often changeable track conditions.

“All teams racing a 12C GT3 feature top drivers in their line-ups and, with more than 60 cars on the grid, so too do our competitors. McLaren has put in a big effort to test and prepare for this great event and we hope the 12C GT3 will be very competitive in the hands of our customers.

“McLaren has strong links to the famous Belgian circuit. It was here that Bruce McLaren scored the first Formula 1 victory for the team and, during last year’s British GT round, it was where the 12C GT3 secured a maiden pole position.”

The event, Round Four of the Series, will see the 12C GT3s on track wearing the distinctive liveries of six McLaren GT customer teams.  Chris Goodwin will be part of the driver line-up in one of Von Ryan Racing’s two 12C GT3s.  The French-based ART Grand Prix team, fresh from victory with the 12C GT3 in last weekend’s FFSA French GT round at Magny-Cours, will line up alongside Portuguese team ASM, with patriotic livery featuring green and red accents, and the Lapidus Racing car finished in white and McLaren Orange.  Belgium’s Boutsen-Ginion Racing team head to headline event of the Blancpain calendar, and their home event, running two cars both finished in a striking black and orange design. Gulf Racing completes the McLaren line-up with two cars wearing the famous blue and orange livery.

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