Multiple GT racing champions Balfe Motorsport is set to return to the British GT Championship with McLaren in 2019, and a brand new 720S GT3, becoming the first customer team to confirm a programme in the UK with McLaren’s new flagship GT model.
2017 International GT Open Pro-Am champions Shaun Balfe and McLaren Factory Driver Rob Bell will drive the team’s 72-S GT3 during the season, continuing their now-longstanding partnership.
“It’s a great feeling knowing Balfe Motorsport is continuing our relationship with McLaren during these exciting times,” said Shaun Balfe. “I’ve felt close to the 720S GT3 project from the beginning. McLaren kept me updated though its development stages during 2018 and I felt privileged to be one of the first customers to take part in Portimão last September.
“For me the car has a great track presence and it is a significant step up from the 650S GT3 with which Balfe Motorsport and I, with Rob by my side, enjoyed great success. The 720S GT3 had a strong competitive debut at the Gulf 12 Hours which bodes well for us. I’m very excited for the 2019 and looking forward to the journey ahead.”
“I am really excited to be racing alongside Shaun and working with the whole team at Balfe Motorsport for another season in British GT, and I am extremely proud to be representing McLaren Automotive with the new 720S GT3,” commented Rob Bell.
“The development programme for the car has been intense, testing throughout Europe and the Middle East in a variety of conditions, and I have been really impressed with the results we have achieved.
“I feel the team and the car are in a strong position to challenge from the first round and, after a long winter, I am feeling more confident and motivated than ever to fight for results and I’m really looking forward to working with Shaun to show what the 720S GT3 can do.”
Joining Balfe and Bell in the team is the previously announced duo of Graham Johnson and McLaren Young Professional driver Michael O’Brien, who will be racing as a GT4 Pro-Am pairing for 2019 in a McLaren 570S GT4.