Alvaro Parente and Andrew Watson secured a hard-fought victory within the Professional-Am class.
The McLaren 650S GT3 claimed elegance victory and fourth position general on the Sepang 12 Hours this weekend, bringing an finish to the aggressive debut season of the automobile, and crowning what has been probably the most a success Marketing campaign to-date for the Woking outfit. McLaren GT Manufacturing unit Motive force Alvaro Parente and Younger Motive force Andrew Watson joined buyer workforce FFF-Racing to safe a hard-fought victory within the Professional-Am class, and narrowly ignored a podium end general because the flag fell after 12 hours of shut racing.
Teamed with Hiroshi Hamaguchi (JPN) and FFF Racing staff main Andrea Caldarelli (ITA), each and every motive force has skilled victory with the 650S GT3 right through the season, however this used to be the primary time they quartet had shared riding duties with each and every different. With the automobile arriving directly from the difficult streets of Macau the place it competed within the FIA GT Global Cup, the group and drivers confirmed robust tempo within the early periods and qualifying noticed Parente safe 3rd position at the grid with the #55 650S GT3.
The race began within the dry, with Parente keeping 3rd position, pushing the lead pair difficult within the opening stint. Positions modified because the rounds of pitstops began, and losing to fourth position general, the FFF-Racing staff maintained a robust hang over the Professional-Am elegance lead. After round 4 hours in, the rain began to fall, with prerequisites temporarily deteriorating because the group maintained place. The prerequisites was so dangerous that the race used to be red-flagged prior to the grid used to be covered as much as run at the back of the Protection Automotive because the rain eased off in the second one part of the development.
As operating recommenced, the #55 650S GT3 of FFF-Racing used to be in a robust place, main the Professional-Am elegance, and operating persistently fast laps last the distance to the leaders within the tough prerequisites. McLaren GT Younger Motive force Andrew Watson confirmed no indicators to spotlight it used to be his first staying power race, with robust lap occasions making sure he maintained place across the five.543km circuit. Monitor situation remained rainy till the 12 hour mark with Caldarelli bringing the automobile house for sophistication victory and fourth position general. The win marks the 24th victory of the yr, marking 2015 as probably the most a success Marketing campaign for McLaren GT because it debuted throughout 2012.
Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren GT Managing Director
‘Congratulations to FFF-Racing on a richly deserved win and a really perfect force via all. It used to be a really perfect effort by way of all of the drivers. Staff regulars Hiroshi [Hamaguchi] and Andrea [Caldarelli] once more proved to be fast, construction at the robust season they have got loved this yr, and confirmed their talents in difficult prerequisites. Younger Motive force Andrew [Watson] will have to be recommended for his pressure and the way he treated the race – as a part of the McLaren GT Younger Motive force Programme, we now have appeared to push him and enhance his skill-set during the season, and this weekend used to be the largest problem thus far this season which he relished. Alvaro [Parente] additionally confirmed his professionalism and high quality, as he has all yr, and as soon as once more proved himself as probably the most persistently rapid drivers at the grid.
‘The lead to Sepang marks the 24th win of the season, and the 650S GT3 has loved a wealthy run of good fortune this season with our buyer groups the world over which began again in February. Since then, each and every of the groups have put the automobiles thru probably the most rigorous and difficult season around the globe, and the contest at the grids has been of the easiest degree I will be able to recall. In spite of those calls for, the 650S GT3 has confirmed itself as the automobile to overcome on all continents and in each and every collection.
‘The primary race of 2016 will see the 650S GT3 taking a look to increase the championship lead within the Asian Le Mans Collection so the wintry weather damage will best be temporary, however we will be able to proceed to push with the improvement programme and struggle to stay on the entrance of the grid.’
Supply : MotorSport