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Mclaren has re­ceived al­most 200 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in its new 570S GT4 chal­lenger, de­spite the ma­chine hav­ing con­tested just two races since its launch two months ago.

The 570S GT4 en­joyed its most com­pet­i­tive out­ing so far dur­ing last week­end’s Bri­tish GT event at Rock­ing­ham, with the Ecurie Ecosse car of Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Hag­gerty lead­ing the GT4 class mid-race.

The duo even­tu­ally fell back to fin­ish fifth af­ter hav­ing to serve an ex­tra stop to make up time for a short pit­stop. Hag­gerty also had to stop the car twice to re­set an elec­tri­cal glitch that would pe­ri­od­i­cally cut en­gine power.

Mclaren GT’S An­drew Kirkaldy, who co-de­vel­oped the 570S GT4 via his CRS GT firm, said: “In­ter­est in the 570S GT4 has been phe­nom­e­nal. We’ve had al­most 200 en­quiries from around the world and we’ll see cars go to Britain and all over. We hope­fully can start tak­ing de­posits in a few weeks.

“The car is so early in its life­cy­cle and to en­ter it straight into two two-hour races was hugely am­bi­tious but it’s been very promis­ing so far. Build­ing a GT4 car is ac­tu­ally more com­plex than a GT3 as it’s a road car at heart and you have to get all of the sen­sors to recog­nise race sit­u­a­tions, like vi­bra­tions, oth­er­wise you get these lit­tle grem­lins. We know the pace is in the car and we showed what it can do at Rock­ing­ham.

“This is a learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment year in Bri­tish GT, and by the end of it we know we’ll have one of the top prod­ucts in GT4.”

The 570S GT4 led its sec­ond ever race Photos: Jakob Ebrey Photography, Steve Jones, Jim Moir

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