Mclaren to run works cars in GT Cup class

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Mclaren will field fac­tory cars in this year’s GT Cup Cham­pi­onship af­ter nom­i­nat­ing the se­ries as part of its Garage 59 cus­tomer driver train­ing pro­gramme.

The Wok­ing brand will en­ter mul­ti­ple 650S GT3 and Sprint spec ma­chines in the MSVRad­min­is­tered cat­e­gory this year for driv­ers signed up to the Garage 59 scheme, which pro­vides a pri­vate driver train­ing and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for am­a­teur rac­ers and Mclaren GT cus­tomers.

Mclaren rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pect one car to start the sea­son, be­fore ex­pand­ing its en­tries later in the cam­paign.

Mclaren GT’S Mark Woot­ton said: “The GT Cup suits the Garage 59 pro­gramme per­fectly as it’s a very ac­ces­si­ble cham­pi­onship and is the per­fect at­mos­phere for am­a­teur driv­ers look­ing to learn about mo­tor­sport.

“The race for­mat of mix­ing en­durance races with sprint events is also very help­ful as it al­lows our cus­tomers the chance to share a car with some of our pro­fes­sional driv­ers dur­ing the longer races and get ex­tra coach­ing time.”

The Garage 59 pro­gramme gets its name from the garage num­ber the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours-win­ning F1 GTR was as­signed. Mike Ben­ham and Ste­wart Proc­tor both ran 650S cars in the se­ries late last year.

Cars such as the Mclaren 650S Sprint (r) will run in GT Cup

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