Thursday 22 November 2012

McLaren GT strengthens engineering team

British manufacturer welcomes high-calibre recruits
McLaren GT strengthens engineering team

The GT3 department at McLaren has laid down a marker for the 2013 season with the recruitment of three top engineers.

McLaren GT, the sports car di
vision of the successful Formula 1 outfit, is showing serious intent in the GT3 category. The company has strengthened its engineering team prior to the second full season for the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 by signing three top names in the sport: Andrew Bailey is transferring from McLaren Formula 1 to become race manager in the sports car department; Ian Morgan has been poached from Red Bull Racing as Head of Engineering; and Tim White is coming across from Lotus to develop the 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine of the 12C. The three new arrivals have set up shop at the McLaren GT headquarters, the former F1 factory building which is not far from the McLaren Technology Centre where the Formula 1 cars are currently built.

"I am delighted to welcome three such high-profile additions to the team," says McLaren GT Director Andrew Kirkaldy. "Their track record in various competitions at the highest level of motor racing speaks for itself. It is a great coup for us to get them on board at the end of a very challenging but also highly successful debut season. I am confident that all three will be a great addition to our team as we make our preparations for another successful season in 2013."

McLaren GT has delivered a total of 25 MP4-12C GT3s to customers throughout Europe. Competing in various racing series, the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 has so far notched up 19 wins.

The 2012 ADAC GT Masters season saw two teams line up in the British supercar: Gemballa Racing and MRS GT-Racing. Philipp Eng demonstrated the speed credentials of the McLaren by securing a pole position at the Red Bull Ring. The best result of the season for the MP4-12C came with a fifth-place finish for Sascha Bert and Christopher Brück in the second race at the circuit in Austria. 

(ADAC GT Masters)

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