The McLaren GT Young Driver Programme 2015

Ahead of the 2015 GT season, McLaren GT launched the Young Driver Programme at the Autosport International Show last week, which will see McLaren GT customer teams racing the new 650S GT3 in a number of championships around the world. Drivers Ross Wylie (Scotland, 23) and Andrew Watson (Northern Ireland, 19) will work with McLaren GT, and the existing trio factory drivers of Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente to further enhance their skills and knowledge for a competitive career in GT racing.

Young Drivers Ross Wylie and Andrew Watson

The two young additions to the team mark the start of an exciting year, with each showing much promise over the past years. Spearheaded by McLaren GT Managing Director, Andrew Kirkaldy (a former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner), they have been closely monitored by a team at McLaren GT keen to nurture home-grown talent.

The young drivers will be involved in the extensive development testing programmes throughout 2015 undertaken by McLaren GT for the 650S Sprint and 650S GT3. They will take an active role in driver tuition with the calendar of Pure McLaren track driving experiences, as well as having direct access to various aspects of the business including simulator testing, driver coaching and management, and media activities from a team of experts with a wealth of motorsport knowledge. These are all key elements which a factory has access to in order to help the development of the cars, the business and the drivers’ own personal careers. 

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