British GT

Optimum Add Two More GT3 McLarens to Silverstone 500 Lineup

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Credit: Optimum Motorsport

Optimum Motorsport have announced two new McLaren 720 GT3 line-ups for the Intelligent Money British GT season finale, the Silverstone 500.

Full-season regulars Ollie Wilkinson and Lewis Proctor are joined by the team’s GT Open Pro-Am class front-runners Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy, while Mark Crader and Alex Mortimer make the switch from Le Mans Cup’s LMP3 ranks.

These new entries adds to the very impressive Silverstone 500 line-up which now contains nine McLaren 720S GT3s.

Iribe and Millroy were initially supposed to contest the series in Optimum’s GT4 entry before the re-jigged calendar forced a change of programme and car.

Instead, the pair have raced the 720S with considerable success in GT Open’s Pro-Am class en route to fifth in the final standings.

“I love the championship and the fact that this final round of the British GT Championship takes place at Silverstone, a track we both know and one of the greatest tracks in Europe – even in November – makes it especially appealing,” said Millroy.

“I know Brendan has watched every lap of every round this year in his spare time. He’s excellent in wet conditions, so we are both looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile the Pro-Am pairing of 2007 British GT3 champion Mortimer and his Le Mans Cup co-driver Crader, who won the Radical European Masters Supersport title two years ago, are also looking forward to the challenge despite their lack of recent experience in the series.

Optimum team principal Shaun Goff commented: “While it has been a busy GT3 schedule for us already this year, we’re very happy to be expanding our programme in British GT for this final round.

“Ollie and Brendan were keen to run in this event as it’s a three-hour race and it’s at Silverstone, a circuit that they both know so well.

“For Alex and Mark, travel restrictions and subsequent quarantine rules has limited their LMP3 programme this year, so they are keen to race on UK soil and in such a competitive series.

“As ever, the Optimum Motorsport team will be flat out to provide them with competitive machinery for this, our last UK race of the season!”

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