Exciting news! There’s a completely NEW racing series, and it has a McLaren in it! It’s the GT3 Le Mans Cup and it runs with the European Le Mans Series which is brilliant because it gives me another excuse to watch Le Mans Prototypes. The series will consists of five races, each race lasting two hours and one special one hour race before the 24 hours of Le Mans. It’s like a stepping stone to the World Endurance Championship GTam category. The GT3 Le Mans Cup races are run on a Saturday which means plenty of time to keep up with all the other McLaren Sunday action. Happy news.
FFF Racing Team will be running a McLaren 650S, but that’s not even the most exciting part. Adrian Quaife Hobbs is back in a McLaren! This is a dream pairing, I love Adrian, he’s a fantastic and exciting driver. I’m not sure why he never really made it in GP3 and GP2 but he absolutely killed it during his AutoGP championship year and I love watching him drive. Japanese driver Hiroshi Hamaguchi teams up with Adrian in the McLaren.
The first round was at the legendary Imola. Despite being both the team’s and Hamaguchi’s first time ever driving in Europe they showed blistering pace all weekend, with Adrian topping the time sheets in free practice. The pair qualified in fourth, which turned out to be for the best as it allowed them to keep out of the chaos at the start as the second place Porsche collided with the first place Ferrari, taking them both off. This boosted the McLaren up into second place behind the TF Sport Aston Martin. The Aston was just a little too fast for the McLaren to keep up with but they held a strong and very impressive second position, making the race look easy. The next round is the extra special Le Mans on the 18th June and I am very excited, just in case I hadn’t conveyed that already.