Was it inevitable from the outset that track day spec McLaren GT’s 650S Sprint would find itself in competitive motorsport? We covered the details when it was revealed last month.
While its first showing was amid the splendour of Pebble Beach, the European debut is to be an altogether more edgy affair – in the heat of battle in the penultimate round of the GT Cup at Donington Park, now that it has been made eligible for racing.
The car will be run by McLaren GT customer team Von Ryan Racing, and driven by McLaren test driver Rob Bell and well-known GT racer and Germany-based journalist Dale Lomas. Expectations are high, then, despite the fact that is a first outing.
As well as its outing in the GT Cup, the £198,000 (plus extras and local taxes) Sprint has been confirmed as eligible to race in national GT championships in North America and the Middle East.
So now that the 650S track car has made the leap to motorsport, it begs the question whether its bigger brother, the P1 GTR track car, will do the same. We’d certainly like to see the F1 GTR’s spiritual successor with racing numbers on the side.