By   February 8, 2016

McLaren 650S GT3

McLaren GT3

The McLaren 650S GT3 came into the Bathurst 12 Hour race well setup for a victory. A McLaren sat at the pole position of both the Pro and Pro-Am classes of the competition.

Not only did a 650S manage the pole, but the Number 59 car ran a record breaking lap at the Mount Panorama circuit in qualifying. With a fast lap time the car entered by Tekno Autosports quickly became the favorite going into Sunday’s race.

In the opening part of the race the Number 59 650S GT3 built a lead quickly. Driven by Shane Van Gisbergen a course lap record was set for the race at a time of just 2 minutes 01.567 seconds. In the Pro Class the McLaren managed to keep others at bay for most of the race a get the victory in the 12 hour competition by a margin of 1.276.

The Pro-Am class was not as kind to the British automaker. Both entries in the class challenged for the lead throughout the race. Unfortunately, accidents forced both cars to retire early. Still they showed just how potent the 650S should be in the competitive class this season.

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT

“A hugely positive result for all our customer teams here, and a great result for McLaren. A huge congratulations has to go to the Tekno team and each of the drivers for achieving the clean sweep of pole, fastest lap and the race win. On top of that, the official race lap record and the distance record with 297 laps completed, so not a bad first outing for the 650S GT3 and for the first event with Tekno and McLaren GT working together.

It was a great performance by each of the four cars and the drivers involved, and there were points where it looked like each of them was in with a chance of winning the race. Luff [Objective Racing] and Quinn [Darrell Lea] were both leading the Pro-Am category when they were forced to retire, and the recovery and race pace of the second Tekno car was clear to see. On another day, who knows what could have happened.”

Jonathon Webb, Team Owner, Tekno Autosports

“Winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour – that is something that will take a little while to sink in. It is a great result for McLaren and massive for Tekno, especially as it was our debut outing together. We faced some real challenges over the course of the weekend, but we pulled together and I am really proud of the guys who have worked faultlessly to achieve this result. Any endurance race is a true challenge, and it is not an easy race to win first time out – you just have to look at the quality of the competition and how close the racing was from the first to the last minute.”