McLaren confirmed as the British GT Safety Car
McLaren Sports Series confirmed as the British GT Safety Car for a second season
On the 13 Apr 2017, the eve of the opening British GT Championship round at Oulton Park circuit, McLaren Automotive verified the extension of the official Safety Car partnership with the SRO-managed series.
Throughout the season, a variety of models from the McLaren Sports Series will manage on-track safety and coordination of the bumper grid of GT cars, which will include 6 examples of the 570S GT4. The debut outing for the 2017 season sees the 540C Coupé lead the grid.
The Safety Car role is truly befitting for a McLaren. As with every model produced for road or track since 1981, safety is a key characteristic with a carbon fibre chassis at the heart of each Sports Series model. The 540C Coupé, 570S Coupé, 570GT and 570S GT4 share the lightweight MonoCell II, giving the highest levels of occupant safety.
Leading the field at each of the 9 rounds, over 7 race weekends, the Sports Series Safety Car marks the seventh McLaren confirmed, for what is shaping up to be one of the most fiercely contested British GT championships in its 25-year history.
Ciaran Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell return to the championship, after completing the final stages of development throughout the 2016 season, with the track-focused Sports Series model. Dean Macdonald and Akhil Rabindra as fellow GT Academy Drivers, with customer team Black Bull Garage 59, join them for 2017.
McLaren Automotive test driver Gareth Howell will make his British GT championship debut in one of a duo of entries by In2 Racing, while Tolman Motorsport and track-club are confirmed with one example of the 570S GT4 each.
Source McLaren Automotive