Mclaren has announced that its 720S GT3 race car will campaign in Europe this season with Teo Martín Motorsport. The Spanish team – which has signed a multi-car deal – is the latest customer team to join McLaren Customer Racing.
Teo Martín Motorsport is the first team in Europe to announce plans to run the new 720S GT3, the first race car to be designed and built in-house by McLaren Automotive Customer Racing. The team intends to use the McLaren 570S GT4 as an initial step into the world of GT racing with a new GT4 program.
The relationship between the two brands will also extend beyond track competition in future, with the announcement of a new collaboration that will see McLaren Customer Racing and Teo Martín Motorsport work toward finding and supporting future talent within motorsport.
As part of the initiative, McLaren Automotive has established a technical internship program, which will see the best engineers and technicians from Teo Martín Motorsport offered an opportunity to further build their knowledge and experience at the McLaren Customer Racing headquarters in Woking, England.
Members of the Teo Martín Junior Team will also be vying for a place at the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Program assessment center, ahead of the 2020 season.
“Confirmation of Teo Martín Motorsport as the first 720S GT3 customer team in Europe marks a significant moment for McLaren Customer Racing,” noted Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive. “It is great to be working with, racing with, and collaborating closely with, a team that has a proven track record of winning at the highest level and our goal is to help them return to the top steps of podiums with the 720S GT3 and 570S GT4.”
Teo Martín Motorsport previously secured the International GT Open drivers’ title with McLaren in 2015, claiming six pole positions and four race wins in a 650S GT3 on the way to championship honors.
“I’m very happy to work with McLaren again, and after seeing the great performance of the 720S GT3 in its first race at the Gulf 12 Hours, we are very excited for the 2019 season,” added Teo Martín, team owner, Teo Martín Motorsport. “In addition to this, we will also run the 570S GT4 for our Junior Team drivers – a car that, in just two years, has become the car to beat.”