As the pulse of motorsport fans accelerates worldwide, the stage is set for the inaugural McLaren Trophy Season, scheduled to make its debut at the legendary Paul Ricard circuit in France from June 2-4.
Seventeen cars and 33 drivers have been confirmed to vie for the trophy, reflecting an immense interest and enthusiasm from the global racing community.
The McLaren Trophy, unveiled to the world just a year ago in July, is an exclusive championship that caters to aspiring amateur drivers and fosters pro-am partnerships. It offers a unique platform to showcase the stunning Artura Trophy, a 585PS titan of a race car that encapsulates the very essence of speed and power.
Rivalling the lap times of GT3 cars, this marvel of engineering owes its DNA to the Artura GT4. Minor tweaks to the ECU and aerodynamic components transform it into a versatile beast that can also compete in GT4 competitions. The Trophy further offers a category for 570S, enabling owners of the previous 570S Trophy cars to vie for class victories and championships on the same grid.
Within mere weeks of the Trophy’s announcement, several seasoned GT competition teams had already pledged their participation. The most striking response was seen for the Artura Trophy car, which had its initial quota of 10 cars for the 2023 season filled much earlier this year.
McLaren’s pioneering initiative centers around the amateur driver, encouraging them to share the spotlight with professionals in the top Artura Trophy class. Some of the most celebrated names from the GT racing realm will compete for race victories, sharing the grid with their team-mates.
The Europe leg of the McLaren Trophy is slated to complement Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe events, headlined by the prestigious Crowdstrike 24 Hours of Spa. An intriguing addition to this year’s calendar is a season prologue scheduled for May 22 at the Paul Ricard circuit. This event is poised to provide teams and drivers a golden opportunity to acclimatize and test their prowess ahead of the official commencement of the championship.
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Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport at McLaren Automotive, expressed his elation at the overwhelming response the McLaren Trophy has received. He said, “The response to the new series has been exceptional, and we’re delighted that the reception to the new Artura race car has also been equally strong. The versatility of this car has helped to drive sales and we hope to see many drivers compete with it in both Artura Trophy and Artura GT4 configurations this year.“
He further attributed the exceptional demand for the car to the phenomenal record of the 570S GT4 and the continuing success of the 720S GT3, now updated to EVO specification.
McLaren Trophy, Europe calendar 2023
|May 22||Season Prologue||Paul Ricard||France|
|June 2-4||Rounds 1 & 2||Paul Ricard||France|
|June 29–July 1||Rounds 3 & 4||Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium|
|July 28–30||Rounds 5 & 6||Nürburgring||Germany|
|September 1–3||Rounds 7 & 8||Hockenheim||Germany|
|September 29 – October 1||Rounds 9 & 10||Barcelona||Spain|
McLaren Trophy, Europe provisional entry list 2023
|No.||Driver 1||Driver 2||Team||Car|
|7||Gonzalo De Andres||Tomas Pintos||SMC Motorsport||Artura Trophy|
|12||Jay Palmer||Joe Osborne||Optimum Motorsport||Artura Trophy|
|13||Mohammed Al-Khalifa||TBC||Inari Motorsport||Artura Trophy|
|23||Iain Campbell||Oli Webb||Greystone GT||Artura Trophy|
|27||Thomas Surgent||Michael O’Brien||Race Lab||Artura Trophy|
|42||Albert Jochems||Charles Zwolsman||Equipe Verschuur||Artura Trophy|
|77||Mark Hopton||Euan Hankey||Greystone GT||Artura Trophy|
|80||Ron Trenka||Jon Lancaster||Greystone GT||Artura Trophy|
|93||David Waddington||Adam Wilcox||Inari Motorsport||Artura Trophy|
|TBC||TBC||TBC||SMC Motorsport||Artura Trophy|
|11||David Foster||Brad Ellis||One Motorsport||570S Trophy|
|15||Danny Henrey||7TSix||570S Trophy|
|24||Rafael Martinez||Jem Hepworth||Greystone GT||570S Trophy|
|53||Neil Langberg||Ross Kaiser||One Motorsport||570S Trophy|
|68||Aaron Morgan||Bobby Trundley||Team BRIT||570S Trophy|
|71||Matt LeBreton||TBC||DMS Automotive||570S Trophy|
|74||Shaun Pendrigh||Stuart White||Greystone GT||570S Trophy|
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