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Garage 59 Announces Return to Blancpain GT

Garage 59 confirms Blancpain GT return with multiple McLaren 650S GT3s…

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Garage 59 has announced that it will return to the Blancpain GT Series in 2018 with a multi-car McLaren entry after skipping the full championship this season.

The team won the 2016 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup but focused its GT3 efforts on the International GT Open this year while Strakka Racing took over as the McLaren factory-supported team.

However, the Silverstone-based squad recently announced it will make the switch to Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery in 2018.

Garage 59 did make brief appearances in the Blancpain GT Series this season with one car running at Silverstone and Spa, but will run multiple entries for the full series next year.

The team plans to campaign at least one car with a Pro-Am lineup alongside potentially multiple Pro class entries.

Garage 59 Confirms Increased GT4 Effort

Garage 59 is also set to continue running two McLaren 570S GT4s in the British GT Championship after finishing runner-up in the teams’ championship this year.

In addition to its confirmed British GT entry, the team could also enter the GT4 European Series.

A statement from the team revealed that entering the European series is “also under strong consideration.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Dan

    November 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    So it’ll be Garage 59 who field the factory Mclarens next year. Well at least it isn’t a brand new team for once.

    • T-roy

      November 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Garage59 = McLaren GT 😉

      • Dan

        November 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

        Basically but I was giving them credit for not getting a brand new team. Maybe they tried but no body bit for obvious reasons.

  2. Binky

    November 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    No real customers so Kirkaldy’s just back to running his own cars.

    This program needs a major management or technical overhaul.

    • Dan

      November 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      The problem chiefly is the car, it is not customer friendly. Few real AMs can drive the car and that’s what GT3 is supposed to be about. Setting up the car for multiple drivers is unnecessarily complex. It’s McLaren fault and they suffer accordingly.

      • B

        November 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Wonder when the 720 replacement is coming

        • Dan

          November 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

          No idea but I doubt it will make much of difference. The 650s was supposed to be more customer friendly than the 12C but that failed. At this point I get the feeling their rep is so badly damaged they probably wont try to hard to make it better or not bother making it.

        • Andrew

          November 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

          It seems like it is to be developed next year with customer sales in 2019, http://sportscar365.com/sro/mclaren-reveals-720s-gt3/

  3. tracer

    November 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Was worried the McLaren would fall off the face of the GT3 world next year. Glad to see they’ll be back in Garage 59’s hands next year.

    • Chips O'Toole

      November 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Agreed, hopefully they have better luck than Strakka!

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