Optimum Motorsport have added a one-off entry in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for this weekend’s round at Monza for a single McLaren 720S GT3 with Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy.
It’s the first return to the Series for Optimum since a near full season in 2017 with the team’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 for Flick Haigh and Joe Osborne.
Iribe and Millroy started the season expecting to compete in the GT4 category in the British GT Championship, but with the revised Covid-19 calendar, opted instead to race the GT3 McLaren in GT Open. where they have scored five Pro-Am class podiums from the eight rounds to date.
Shaun Goff, Optimum Motorsport Team Principal: “We’re happy to be running the McLaren for Brendan and Ollie and it’s great to be returning – even as a one-off – to Michelin Le Mans Cup. We raced in the series in 2017 with Flick Haigh and Joe Osborne and we have recently raced at Monza in the GT Open Championship. We are analysing options for the 2021 season and this race fitted in with our race calendar well, so we’re looking forward to being back in that paddock!
“It’s the same Michelin tyres that we ran in GT Open, we’re not sure what the Balance of Performance will be in Le Mans Cup, but we’re expecting it to be in line with what we raced recently, so we’ll see how the weekend goes as we plan for next season.”
Ollie Millroy: “We had the opportunity to race at Monza again, this time in a new championship, so we have grasped the opportunity. Brendan is in just his second year of racing and first in GT3 cars, so while testing is important, we’re getting to a level now where we want as much race mileage as possible. It will be good for him to qualify and run for the first hour of the race, very much with eyes forward.
“Le Mans Cup is a championship we’re looking at for next year, along with GT Open and with the carryover between the two championships in terms of the Michelin tyres, we’re looking forward to the weekend at Monza whilst looking at options for 2021.”
The addition of the McLaren makes it a 24 car entry for Monza.