McLaren's 720S GT3 will race in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – formerly the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – for the first time in 2020.
McLaren’s first GT3 car developed in-house will race in the pro class of the five-event series – which includes the flagship 24 Hours of Spa – with the UK-based Optimum Motorsport.
Optimum confirmed it will run the new McLaren 720S GT3 with factory drivers Rob Bell, Joe Osborne and new McLaren professional driver Ollie Wilkinson.
The opening round of the series takes place in Monza (Italy) in April, after which the championship visits Silverstone (UK), Circuit Paul Ricard (France) before the toughest test on the GT3 calendar in Spa. The Endurance Cup season then heads to Germany for the season finale at the Nürburgring.
Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport for McLaren Automotive, said: “The decision to enter the Endurance Cup is a big step for all involved, and it is the ultimate challenge in GT3 racing for the drivers, the team and the car. Each of the races will be a true test, especially the biggest race of the year when the calendar visits Spa for the 24-hour event, but the team and line-up is extremely strong and more than up to the challenge they face.”
Factory driver Bell has championship winning experience, having taken the Endurance Cup driver title in 2016.
Osborne successfully debuted the new McLaren 720S GT3 in China last year, finishing on the podium in each race he contested and securing a double race win. He last raced on the Endurance Cup grid in 2016 and celebrated a Pro-am podium spot at the 24 Hours of Spa.
Wilkinson, only 23 years old, recently joined the McLaren ranks as a professional driver. He won the British GT Silver championship in 2019, in what was only his second year in GT3 competition.
Optimum Motorsport makes its championship debut in the series, while the last McLaren to feature in the series was in 2018.