GT triumphs completed a winning weekend for McLaren
Lewis Hamilton’s superb victory in the Santander Italian Grand Prix – his first at the legendary Monza circuit – wasn’t the only McLaren Group racing landmark last weekend.
McLaren GT’s customer teams claimed three GT wins, including the first at a 24-hour race since JJ Lehto, Masanori Sekiya and Yannick Dalmas won the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours in a McLaren F1 GTR.
Round-the-clock racing is among the most challenging tests motorsport can offer and we congratulate Lapidus Racing on an excellent performance at the 15th Barcelona 24 Hours. The MP4-12C GT3 driven by team owner Klaas Hummel, Adam Christodoulou, Phil Quaife and Tim Mullen hit the front in the opening hour and opened up a commanding lead.
An unplanned pitstop during the night cost the Lapidus McLaren several laps, but its drivers unleashed the 12C’s pace once more to recapture the lead before dawn. By the time Christodoulou guided the car across the finishing line, it had notched up 640 laps, a total of 2979.2 racing kilometres.
At Navarra, ART GP took its second consecutive win of the year in the French GT Tour with an MP4-12C GT3 shared by Gregoire Demoustier and Ulric Amado. Demoustier built a 20-second gap after starting the first race from pole position, and the ferocity of the battles for the remaining positions meant that Amado had a smooth run to the flag after taking over.
United Autosports’ Charles Bateman and Matt Bell claimed their second win in three races in the highly competitive British GT Championship, leading by 20.597s after an action-packed three-hour encounter at Silverstone. After starting from fifth on the grid, Bateman was third by the end of the first lap and the McLaren was always among the frontrunners.
Glynn and Jim Geddie, campaigning their 12C GT3 for the first time in the British GT Championship, also led the race but finished fifth after a pit penalty. They will be returning to contend the next round.
Congratulations once more to our customer teams after a weekend that fully demonstrated the MP4-12C GT3’s race-winning speed and durability.