Over the course of two days, three different McLaren GT teams claimed victories across Europe, including the automaker’s first win in a 24-hour race since the historic debut for the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans in 1995.
The wins occurred in the UK, France, and Spain, and are considered to be one of the most successful weekends of racing in McLaren’s storied history. The first win of the weekend went to the French-based ART Grand Prix team at the Circuito de Navarra in Northern Spain. Drivers Grégoire Demoustier and Ulric Amado claimed the pole position and the victory in their MP4-12C GT3 in the FFSA French GT championship.
Shortly after the ART Grand Prix team claimed victory, Lapidus Racing began its campaign at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya for the 15th running of the 24-hours Barcelona. The team started from fifth place and British drivers Adam Christodoulou, Tim Mullen, and Phil Quaife alongside team owner Klaas Hummel, took the win after 640 laps and over 1,850 miles of racing.
As the 24-hour race came to a close in Spain, both the United Autosports and Apex Motorsport teams were getting ready for Round Six of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship out at Silverstone. While the Apex Motorsport MP4-12C GT3 started out strong, it finished fifth as a result of a stop-go penalty. United Autosports on the other hand, with Matt Bell and Charles Bateman behind the wheel, secured McLaren’s third GT win over the course of two days.