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Van Gisbergen joins McLaren for new GT3 debut

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Dec 10, 2018, 8:38 PM

Supercars ace Shane van Gisbergen will help McLaren debut the new 720S GT3 car at the Gulf 12 Hours this week.

The Red Bull Holden driver, who narrowly missed out on this year's Supercars title, will line up alongside McLaren factory driver Ben Barnicoat and Alvaro Parente for the Abu Dhabi race, which will mark the first competitive hit-out for the brand's new GT3 racer.

The single car will be run under the McLaren Customer Racing banner.

Van Gisbergen is no stranger to McLaren's customer racing programme, having won the Blancpain Endurance Cup in a Garage 59 entry back in 2016.

He's also a Bathurst 12 Hour winner in a McLaren, teaming up with Parente and Jono Webb to win the round-the-clock race the same year as his Blancpain success.

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Barnicoat, meanwhile, will lead the driver line-up for the Abu Dhabi race, having done much of the heavy lifting on the development of the 720S GT3 during testing.

According to a short statement from McLaren Automotive, signing an experienced line-up is important to the on-going development of the car.

"Forming part of a comprehensive development programme, we are pleased to reveal the all-star driver line up for the competitive debut of the McLaren 720S GT3 in Abu Dhabi later this week," it read.

"With such a stellar line up this will be the perfect opportunity to gauge the potential of the new 720S GT3."

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Series Endurance , GT
Drivers Alvaro Parente , Shane van Gisbergen , Ben Barnicoat
Author Andrew van Leeuwen