Optimum Motorsport will field a second McLaren 720S GT3 in GT World Challenge Europe, with already confirmed British GT teammates Nick Foster and Martin Berry, joined by Yasser Shahin for a Pro-Am challenge in the newly renamed championship.
This adds to the team’s previously announced World Challenge Europe campaign with Ollie Wilkinson, Joe Osborne and Rob Bell in an all Pro line-up in the Endurance Cup, making it a two-pronged programme for the team.
“It was always our intention to field two cars in GT World Challenge Europe and to do this as part of the McLaren Customer Racing programme is a big step for us as a team,” said Shaun Goff, Optimum Motorsport team principal.
“With entries in both the Pro-Am and Pro championship, I’m looking forward to the season ahead where I believe our pre-season preparation will stand us in good stead. It’s a pleasure to welcome Yasser to the team; we aim to give him the best tools in the business to get the job done.”
Foster competed in the championship last season, securing three top-five finishes from his five starts with Attempto Racing. He also took victory in the SRO-run Intercontinental GT Challenge round at Laguna Seca. Currently, he competes in the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series with Eurasia Motorsport.
Martin, champion in the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, competed with Rinaldi Racing last year in the Am class of the series, securing a season-best of third at Paul Ricard and as well as three other top-six finishes.
Yasser, the Executive Chairman The Bend Motorsport Park circuit in Australia, meanwhile has a wealth of experience racing Down Under but will be facing a new challenge as he competes on some of the finest circuits in Europe for the first time. He did, however, finish in tenth position at Spa -Francorchamps last year at the wheel of the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup in a one-off outing in the Endurance Cup.
The five-round championship gets underway at Monza on 19 April and concludes with the Nürburgring round in September.