McLaren Automotive’s 720s GT3 set for race debut

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McLaren Automotive has confirmed that the 720S GT3 will make its debut at the Bahrain GT Festival on November 30 prior to its maiden competitive appearance at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

Ahead of initial deliveries to customer teams for the 2019 season, the new car – which is the first designed and built by the company’s in-house motorsport department – will run at a Pure McLaren customer event at the Bahrain International Circuit before making its dynamic public debut during the Bahrain GT Festival.

Following the appearance, the 720S GT3 will then challenge at the Gulf 12 Hours event on December 13-15. One example, entered by the in-house McLaren motorsport team, is set to line up on the grid at the Yas Marina circuit.

The team is hopeful that the racing environment will provide the team with valuable real-world data on the 720S GT3, which is currently undergoing a rigorous and demanding test program.

“The development team has worked tirelessly to deliver the grueling test program we devised for the car. We’re sure we’ll have plenty to learn during the race, and we’ll continue with testing after the event,” noted Dan Walmsley, director of motorsport at McLaren. “This is an important product for McLaren Automotive, and therefore we have committed to ensuring that our customers receive a product worthy of carrying the iconic brand.”

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