McLaren Automotive has added two drivers to their factory GT roster for 2020.
The new structure at McLaren sees a four-tier system for factory-favoured talent.
Starting with the young drivers appointed to the McLaren Driver Development Programme (DDP), there is now progression through the McLaren Academy Driver status (Jordan Collard and Lewis Proctor the inaugural appointees at that level), through McLaren Professional Driver and onto full factory driver status.
The Professional Driver category was launched in 2019 and is designed for drivers who have already embarked on professional racing careers, competing globally and bringing their knowledge of McLaren, and the 570S GT4 and 720S GT3, to the benefit of Customer Racing teams at the very highest levels.
Ollie Wilkinson has risen through the sportscar ranks from complete novice to become the 2019 British GT Silver Cup champion and a multiple outright GT3 race victor in just three years. Born and raised in Leeds, Wilkinson’s career began in 2017 with the highlight being a pair of Pro-Am class wins in International GT Open. An outstanding 2019 season was capped by earning highly-coveted BRDC Rising Star status.
Factory Driver status remains the pinnacle of the driver programmes at McLaren. This select group of drivers has been selected to work with and help progress the performance of Customer Racing teams globally and work as part of the team developing the current and future range of McLaren race cars. For the 2020 season, McLaren has recruited Euan Hankey (UK) to join the highly competitive group of professional drivers, with the 32-year old Briton bringing experience of winning at the highest level.
Euan Hankey has raced in a variety of GT championships and holds a broad range of global race experience, most recently at the wheel of a McLaren 570S GT4 at the Gulf 12 Hours. Having started his career in single-seater formulae, Euan’s career highlights include Dubai 24 Hour and Blancpain GT Series successes, including a second place in the Pro-Am class at the 24 Hours of Spa, podium finishes in the World Endurance Championship and runner up in both the European Le Mans Series and GT3 Michelin Le Mans Cup championships. He has also worked closely with McLaren Automotive since 2012.
Details of racing commitments for each of the drivers will be confirmed in the coming weeks.