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Mar 28, 2019 / news


Successful first test of first McLaren GT3 in North America

West Palm Beach, FL – Compass Racing this week took delivery of the first 720S GT3 in North America, and one of just five made thus far. The team undertook an initial shake-down test at Palm Beach International Raceway with McLaren Factory Driver Paul Holton at the helm. Technical staff from both McLaren and Compass Racing were on hand to evaluate the car in advance of its first race in early May.

“We had a specific run plan to work through today, and we were very pleased with the car,” noted team Technical Director Ray Lee. “Obviously the new McLaren 720S GT3 is a work in progress, and we are working closely with the Factory to ensure we – and the car – deliver on the performance we are all expecting.”Holton was similarly effusive. “The production GT3 has impressed with the refinement of what is a very bespoke package, and is the result of extensive testing and development throughout the past year,” he said. Indeed, Holton is one of four drivers tasked with turning early prototypes into fully-fledged race cars designed to compete at the very top level of production-car racing, and was involved in the European testing.“We have further testing scheduled in the coming weeks, knowing that we must be competitive when we debut at Mid-Ohio,” remarked Lee. The team will contest the seven-race IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup that begins at the midwest track May 3-5th with Holton and Matt Plumb (who returns for his third season with the team) co-driving the two-hour-and-forty-five minute races.