TEENAGERS GET MCLAREN LAREN GT4 SHOT

Sin­gle-seater stars Hag­gerty and Mitchell will en­ter Bri­tish GT with new 570S GT4

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Sin­gle-seater driv­ers Ciaran Hag­gerty and Sandy Mitchell will grad­u­ate to the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship this sea­son to spear­head de­vel­op­ment of Mclaren’s new 570S GT4 chal­lenger.

BRDC F4 grad­u­ate Hag­gerty and MSA For­mula race win­ner Mitchell will join the fac­tory-blessed Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse team to race the 570S GT4, which was un­veiled dur­ing the Bri­tish GT me­dia day at Snet­ter­ton last week.

The new car runs a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 en­gine and will be the first ho­molo­gated GT4 car to run with a car­bon­fi­bre tub, which is car­ried over from the baby Mclaren’s road-go­ing ver­sion. A non­ho­molo­gated Sprint-spec car will also be built. The Mclaren fac­tory has de­vel­oped the car in part­ner­ship with CRS GT.

Ecurie Ecosse will field the GT4 en­try for the full sea­son, help­ing Mclaren in de­vel­op­ment of the car be­fore its gen­eral re­lease later this year.

For­mer Scot­tish For­mula Ford 1600 cham­pion Hag­gerty, 19, fin­ished fifth in last year’s BRDC F4 points, while for­mer Bri­tish kart­ing cham­pion Mitchell was sev­enth in the MSA For­mula points with two race wins dur­ing his maiden car rac­ing cam­paign. Both are on the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver scheme. Mitchell will be­come the youngest driver ever to race in Bri­tish GT, hav­ing only turned 16 this month.

“This is a huge break for both my ca­reer and Sandy’s,” Hag­gerty said. “It’s been a hard win­ter putting a GT deal to­gether but to get a chance to run with a man­u­fac­turer like Mclaren with a new pro­gramme is a dream.

“I’ve not tested the GT4 yet, but I did do eight laps in the 650S GT3 last year. It’s a very dif­fer­ent driv­ing style to sin­gle­seaters. You have to get used to the brak­ing and the ex­tra dive and roll of the car due to the weight dif­fer­ence, and also us­ing sys­tems like ABS and trac­tion con­trol.

“Sandy’s a top driver and be­tween us we’ll make one of the strong­est pair­ings in GT4. Mclaren wants this sea­son to be all about de­vel­op­ment for the 570S GT4, so there’s not huge pres­sure, but we both want to per­form to our best and fight for wins.”

Hag­gerty (left) and co-driver Mitchell New car has a car­bon chas­sis and 3.8-litre en­gine

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