For the second year in a row, McLaren fielded a strong grid of MP4-12C GT3’s for the 24 Hours of Spa endurance race. According to the official results, the highest placing for a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 was ninth with 497 laps. The car in question was the dragon liveried #88 car piloted by Alvaro Parente, Robert Barff, Chris Goodwin and Roger Wills.
The next highest car was the #60 car piloted by Julien Draper, Matt Draper, Stephen Jelley and Stef Dusseldorp. The light and dark blue ‘Lark’ liveried car managed 434 laps and completed the 24 hour race in 30th position. Unfortunately, none of the other cars finished the race. The Gulf Racing liveried car #69 and #9 retired within an hour of each other after 216 and 203 laps respectively.
Another incident that caused much frustration for the UK-based team was when the #5 leading Pro-Am McLaren MP4-12C GT3 was hit by the similar #62 car. Both cars were retired following the incident. It was a resilient display and an excellent result for a young team with a young car.
Enjoy the gallery of photos above and below shot by McLaren. They show the variety of different racing conditions that the teams had to deal with over the weekend!