The McLaren 650S GT3 customer race car is making its debut this weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. McLaren GT drivers Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente managed to steal a stunning pole position at the 2014 Gulf 12 Hour during the car’s debut race meet.
Two McLaren 650S GT3’s are in action this weekend. The McLaren GT team’s number #59 car sits on pole with the second car qualifying at P10 in the Pro-Am class. This weekend’s race is all part of the McLaren GT development program. It is the final stage before McLaren start delivering customer cars to owners ahead of the season start.
The McLaren 650S GT3 was officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 earlier this year. It features a set of updates over the previous generation car and hopes to build on its success.
The 2014 Gulf 12 Hour is two separate six hour races, taking place on Saturday 13 December. Race 1 starts at 08.50 local time (04.50 GMT), and Race 2 starts at 18.00 local time (14.00 GMT).
Commenting on the result, Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren GT Managing Director explained:
‘It has been hard work getting the two cars ready for today’s sessions, and it is a real credit to the team here and back at the factory. Being a McLaren, we all had high hopes for the 650S GT3 this weekend, and hoped to be pushing for a top 10 starting position, but this is the final development test for the car, so to take pole on its debut outing is an outstanding achievement. However, it is only a small part of the weekend, and the team will now regroup and prepare for the real challenge that lies ahead – 12 hours of hard racing.’