A McLaren 720S GT3 will contest the full Australian GT season in 2019 with Melbourne-based team 59Racing.
59Racing, a new McLaren customer team, has been named as a tribute to the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR which sported the number 59 in the race back in 1995.
The team’s new 720S GT3 (the first to be confirmed to race in Australia) was unveiled in front of gathered media, partners and sponsors at McLaren Melbourne, one of the specialist Official Motorsport Retailers established within the McLaren global retail network (below).
During the launch event, it was confirmed that 59Racing will run a two-car entry into the 2019 Australian GT championship, with Australian GT race-winner Fraser Ross driving the 720S GT3 on its competitive customer team debut. Ryan Simpson from Sydney will take the wheel of the 570S GT4.
Its debut in the championship will run in support of McLaren’s F1 programme at the Melbourne Grand Prix, where the first round of the Australian GT Championship will take place. That weekend will also be the car’s first in customer’s hands worldwide.
“It is really great to welcome another new customer team to the McLaren Customer Racing family, with the launch of 59Racing, who will be the first of our teams to take to the track in competition with the 720S GT3,” said McLaren Automotive Motorsport director Dan Walmsley.
“Premiering as part of the Formula 1 race activity, with 59Racing running in their home race, is a fantastic platform for the team and McLaren alike.
“All the effort and work that has gone into the 720S GT3 programme to date has led to this point, and it is a very proud moment to see the car ahead of the first competitive outing, in the hands of a new owner.
“The McLaren Customer Racing team has covered thousands of kilometres worldwide during the development of the 720S GT3, and the programme has pushed the boundaries of what is possible, in extreme conditions and with a clear goal: to develop a car worthy of wearing the McLaren badge, and capable of challenging for victories against the best in the world.”