Marton, Warwickshire-based Tolman Motorsport has unveiled the livery for its British GT Championship-bound McLaren 570S GT4.
Tolman Motorsport, which announced its plans for the 2017 British GT Championship in November last year, is the first customer team for the McLaren 570S GT4 which was launched in March 2016.
Mark Pattison and his driver coach Joe Osborne will campaign the car which was presented via social media in a distinctive ‘stealth bomber’ matt grey livery with purple highlights to the rear wing and diffuser, front splitter, mirror supports and design detail on the body. Adding to the military aviation theme were the air intake warning signs on the doors.
The car will be seen in public for the first time at the British GT Championship Media Day, the traditional launch for the new season, which will be held at Snetterton on March 28.
The British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.
Rugby-based Tolman Motorsport has announced that Joe Osborne and David Pattison will drive its new McLaren 570S GT4 in the 2017 British GT Championship.
Tolman Motorsport finished seventh in the GT3 Teams Standings in 2016, campaigning the Ginetta G55 GT3.
“We’re very pleased to have secured about the best combination of drivers and car that you could assemble for our 2017 British GT campaign,” said Team Principal Christopher Tolman. “We had a great run with Ginetta who have been very good to us, and motorsport, over the years, culminating in us running their GT3 project this season. Tolman Motorsport wants to get to Le Mans in the next 2 -3 years and we felt McLaren are the brand to do that with. We’ve already got a good rapport with the team at McLaren and we’re proud to be associated with that name. It’s also a huge honour to be the first customer McLaren GT4 team.”
Joe Osborne who, alongside Lee Mowle, drove the #7 AMDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 to 4th place in the 2016 GT3 Teams Standings, is delighted by the move.
“It’s been seven years since I raced in GT4 but, in 2017, it will be more competitive than this season with more manufacturer variety,” said Osborne. “Arguably it will be better to watch than GT3. The road-version of the McLaren is a car I know well from work I do with the brand outside of racing, so its performance shouldn’t be a big surprise.”
David Pattison is also looking forward to the opportunity of driving alongside Osborne.
“I’m delighted to be finally racing with ‘coach’ Joe,” said Pattison. “I came to racing very late, fulfilling a lifetime ambition. Joe has been instrumental in my progress and I’m hungry to learn more. Having driven the McLaren I feel confident we have a very good car.”
The 2017 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.
In conditions marginally improved from FP1, Tolman Motorsport again topped the GT3 time-sheets in FP2 with a 1:41.524 set by Ian Simpson.
Times throughout the session fell as the rain which affected the first session was officially classed as ‘drizzle’.
Two brief red-flag periods interrupted proceedings. The first followed an off-track excursion by the #72 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4 with Tim Eakin at the wheel. The second involved the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which, at the time of the incident, was being driven by Rick Parfitt. Parfitt touched the wall on pit-entry resulting in light damage to the front splitter. The car was pushed back into the garage for repairs and missed the remainder of the session.
Cool, wet conditions greeted the drivers as cars took to the track for the first practice session for the final round of the 2016 British GT Championship at Donington Park.
Conditions were such that few teams were prepared to push hard and risk damage early in the weekend. The forecast is for the rain to clear by the early afternoon so, with FP2 set for 12:20, times in a dryer second session will probably be more indicative of overall pace.
Despite the poor conditions, few drivers made off-track excursions. The #72 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4 with Gavan Kershaw at the wheel spun early in the session and a trip into the gravel by Abbie Eaton in the #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC GT4 briefly red-flagged the session after 22 minutes. No damage was incurred by the #60 car.