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McLaren GT Announces Young Driver Program

Ross Wylie, Andrew Watson become McLaren GT junior drivers…

Photo: McLaren GT

Photo: McLaren GT

McLaren GT announced Saturday the launch of its young driver program, which will see British rising stars Ross Wylie and Andrew Watson work alongside the manufacturer’s trio of factory drivers in 2015.

Wylie, 23, is the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT4 champion, while 19-year-old Watson has previously competed in Ginetta GT Supercup.

The new signings will work with existing factory drivers Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente, as part of a new program for the British manufacturer.

“It is great that we are in the position to offer these promising young drivers an opportunity to become part of our team, and help give them a boost with their careers,” said McLaren GT managing director Andrew Kirkaldy.

“The GT racing scene is as exciting now as I can ever remember, and there is a huge amount of talent on every grid week-in week-out, so it can be difficult for young drivers to get on the first rung of the ladder to show their true potential.

“This program is designed to offer young drivers we feel have something special a chance to show what they can do behind the wheel of a GT car, and also work closely with our drivers, engineers and technical teams, giving them access to many years of race- and championship-winning experience at the highest levels.”

McLaren GT has yet to announce its driver placements for the 2015 season.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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