GT Daytona McLaren 720S GT3
- Corey Fergus
- Paul Holton
Sebring, FL and Braselton, GA — Our team’s IMSA season got under way with four days of testing of our No. 76 Richard Mille McLaren 720S GT3 at Sebring International Raceway and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In partnership with our manufacturer, the tests offered a look at improvements in a variety of areas that have been in development.
The Sebring test took place March 4th and 5th, and included a 12-hour race simulation. Not only did this provide valuable experience in anticipation of us running there in 2021, but also allowed us to work on further tuning of the BOSCH electronics. We also fitted new parts to enhance durability. Road Atlanta was the following week, March 10th and 11th, with the morning of the first day held under sodden skies. As the only car on track, it took quite some time to dry once the rain subsided, and our crew was called to their rental cars to circle the circuit. We worked on solving a refuelling issue that had plagued us in a few races in 2019, and made great progress there. The support from McLaren was superb, with senior engineering staff on hand throughout the four days, as well as the masters of tuning at BOSCH. Driving duties were handled by long-time Compass shoe and McLaren Factory Driver Paul Holton (below, right), new team recruit Corey Fergus (middle) and fellow McLaren driver Ben Barnicoat. With the four days we are allowed under IMSA regulations now exhausted, we look forward to the beginning of the season as we feel we have a very strong package that’s capable of winning races and the WeatherTech Sprint Cup championship.