GT4 European Series regular Equipe Verschuur Autosport will run a parallel programme in the British GT Championship’s GT4 class this season with a single McLaren 570S GT4 (below) for Scottish duo Dan McKay and Finlay Hutchison, who will also take on the GT4 European Series with the team.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the UK as well as Europe this year, it’s a great opportunity to be doing a double programme with all of the extra seat time it will give me”, said Hutchison, “Dan has some good experience so it’ll be great to work with him, I’m sure we’ll be a strong pairing and we know Equipe Verschuur will deliver a competitive car.
“The weather conditions will be a lot colder at the British tracks than I’m used to in the European championship, so I’ll need to adapt my driving style a little bit to suit that, but it’s a great challenge and I can’t wait for the first round at Oulton Park.”
“I can’t wait to get going with Finlay and Equipe Verschuur for this year’s racing”, added McKay, who drove a 570S GT4 last year with with In2Racing In British GT. “I like the overall feel of the car, and could feel there was more potential in there. With Finlay and Equipe Verschuur I feel we’ll be able to extract all of that to race right at the front of the increasingly competitive British GT4 Championship.
“With new cars from BMW, Audi and Mercedes into an already competitive field I’m under no illusions it’s going to be easy. The record of the guys at Equipe Verschuur speaks for itself, though, and I have no doubt in my mind we will have the best McLaren on the grid. Having a Scotsman as my team-mate is an obvious bonus, I won’t have to worry about anyone not understanding me!”
In the GT4 European Series, reigning GT4 European Series champion Ricardo van der Ende will join Equipe Verschuur (the duo pictured above), after winning multiple series titles, including the 2017 crown with Ekris Motorsport. The move comes after Ekris confirmed it will sit out the 2018 GT4 European season.
“It was a bit of a shock when Ekris told me they were not going do the GT4 European Series this season,” said van Der Ende, who will likely compete with the Ekris team in select races elsewhere.. “It is something completely different after 13 seasons with them. I am still an Ekris driver, now on loan at Equipe Verschuur.”