McLaren extends safety car partnership
The 720S Safety Car joins a record number of McLaren GT3 and GT4 models on British GT’s full-season entry list, which will be revealed during the championship’s annual Media Day at Snetterton on March 3.
Several Super Series models have performed British GT’s Safety Car duties since McLaren became the championship’s official partner in 2016, but it was the current 720S that really turned heads after first appearing at the start of last year. Its Papaya Orange and blue livery has been updated this year to match Woking’s latest Formula 1 car, the MCL35, which was launched last month.
The 720S, which is capable of 0-62mph in just 2.9s before going on to a top speed of 212mph, will manage and co-ordinate all on-track activities during each of this year’s nine races. Four of its GT3 counterparts also compete in the hands of McLaren Customer Racing teams Balfe Motorsport, Optimum Motorsport and British GT debutants 2 Seas Motorsport, while eight 570S GT4 entries are also confirmed.
McLaren Automotive’s domestic commitment extends to its Driver Development Programme whose latest recruits Michael Benyahia, Alain Valente, Katie Milner and Harry Hayek share Tolman Motorsport’s two GT4 entries. Former DDP member and current McLaren Professional Driver Michael O’Brien returns for a third season along with reigning two-time Pure McLaren champion Mia Flewitt plus factory aces Rob Bell and Euan Hankey.