TOLMAN GETS GT4 MCLAREN

Joe Os­borne and David Pat­ti­son set to share cus­tomer 570S GT4 in Bri­tish GT

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Rob Lad­brook

The Tolman Mo­tor­sport team will be­come the first UK squad to field a cus­tomer Mclaren 570S GT4 in next year’s Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship, and has signed pro driver Joe Os­borne and David Pat­ti­son to race it.

Tolman has opted to end its fac­tory as­so­ci­a­tion with Ginetta in favour of pur­su­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Mclaren in the GT4 ranks. Tolman ran Ginetta’s fac­tory GT3 pro­gramme in Bri­tish GT this year, but will take de­liv­ery of its new 570S later this year.

Os­borne will re­turn to GT4 for the first time since 2010 to head the driv­ing force, along­side Tolman reg­u­lar Pat­ti­son, who formed part of the GT3 pro­gramme this year along­side Luke Daven­port.

Os­borne, who won the Euro­pean GT4 ti­tle in 2009, said: “This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing deal for me and it’s ac­tu­ally pretty per­sonal as I know ev­ery el­e­ment. I have coached David since his first test day and worked with Tolman in re­cent sea­sons too, plus I also do a lot of test work for Mclaren too.

“It’s great that ev­ery­thing has come full cir­cle. David has shown with his GT3 per­for­mances that he’s be­come a re­ally handy driver, and Tolman are a great team that I re­spect a lot.

“It will be strange head­ing back to GT4. I did the first Bri­tish GT4 race in the UK in 2008, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how far the class has come on in the years since.”

The pro­gramme marks the first firm cus­tomer en­try of a GT4 Mclaren, which only made its de­but in Bri­tish GT this year run­ning with the fac­tory Ecurie Ecosse team.

“The Mclaren is the most ad­vanced GT4 car around, with its car­bon chas­sis,” added Os­borne. “The per­for­mance gap be­tween GT3 and GT4 has nar­rowed. The big­gest dif­fer­ence in drop­ping back into GT4 is the loss of power, you’re about 100bhp down, but also the loss in aero. You have far less aero­dy­namic grip so you’re much busier on the limit in a GT4 car. It’s go­ing to be a great chal­lenge.”

Os­borne has shared a BMW Z4 GT3 with Lee Mowle in Bri­tish GT in re­cent years, but the pair have parted com­pany for 2017 with Mowle set to share a new Mercedes AMG with Phil Keen in the Miche­lin GT3 Cup ( MN, Nov 16). Os­borne will an­nounce his own Euro­pean pro­gramme in the com­ing weeks.

Os­borne is lead­ing the team

Pho­tos: Mclaren, Jakob Ebrey

Tolman ran Ginetta GT3S this term The 570S GT4 has proven quick in 2015

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