Teo Martin Motorsport has become the first European customer team of the new McLaren 720S GT3, McLaren confirmed on Friday.
The Spanish team has been linked to a program with the 720S GT3 for some time and confirmed last month it had split from long-time partner BMW.
While an exact program is yet to be announced, it is understood that Teo Martin will return to International GT Open, while it also plans to run McLaren 570S GT4s elsewhere.
A statement released by McLaren said that “he relationship between the two brands will also in future extend beyond track competition” with a new collaboration to support future motorsport talent.
McLaren has established a technical internship program which will see engineers and technicians from Teo Martin offered opportunities to work in the McLaren Customer Racing headquarters in Woking.
Members of the Teo Martin Junior Team will also be able to compete for a place in the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Program ahead of the 2020 season.
McLaren factory drivers and drivers in the manufacturer’s driver development program and junior performance academy will be able to use facilities offered by the MSI Bio-Performance Center in Madrid, meanwhile.
“Confirmation of Teo Martin Motorsport as the first 720S GT3 customer team in Europe marks a significant moment for McLaren Customer Racing,” said McLaren motorsport director Dan Walmsley.
“It is great to be working with, racing with and collaborating closely with a team that has a proven track record of winning at the highest level and our goal is to help them return to the top steps of podiums with the 720S GT3 and 570S GT4.
“More than this, with a focus on supporting and nurturing the future talents of our sport – both on the track and on the pitwall – Teo Martin Motorsport shares the same goals and objectives as McLaren Automotive Customer Racing and we are proud to be working closely together on this exciting project.”
Further details of Teo Martin’s program and its driver lineups will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“I’m very happy to work with McLaren again, and after seeing the great performance of the 720S GT3 in its first race at the Gulf 12 Hours, we are very excited for the 2019 season,” said team owner Teo Martin.
“In addition to this, we will also run the 570S GT4 for our Junior Team drivers; a car that, in just two years, has become the car to beat.”