28 Oct 2015
McLaren GT Young Driver Andrew Watson is set to make a return to the highly competitive International GT Open Series for the season finale at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona this weekend, 31 October-1 November. Watson will be joined by Spaniard Fernando Monje, who has amassed a wealth of experience in his European career, winning titles including the European Touring Car Championship, and brings local track knowledge to the #59 650S GT3.
Watson previously raced with Teo Martin Motorsports alongside factory driver Rob Bell at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, 5-6 September, claiming a pole position and top five finish. Watson and Monje will form part of a two car entry by Teo Martin Motorsport, with fellow McLaren GT factory driver Alvaro Parente in the sister 650S GT3. Parente and teammate Miguel Ramos, currently lead the championship by 35 points with two rounds remaining.
The 2015 season saw the launch of the McLaren GT Young Driver Programme, with Watson and fellow young driver Ross Wylie the first two drivers signed. Designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and racecraft, the McLaren GT Young Driver Programme has been launched with a view to preparing drivers with a solid foundation on which to build a competitive career in GT racing. Over the season, it offers access to the extensive and ongoing development programmes undertaken by McLaren GT for the 650S Sprint and 650S GT3 models, while also providing 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 McLaren GT has access to in order to help the development of the cars, the business and the drivers’ own personal careers.
Andrew Watson, Young Driver, McLaren GT
‘I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to go back and race with the Teo Martin Motorsports team in the #59 650S GT3. I learnt a huge amount during my time with them in Spa, and am looking forward to the challenges that Barcelona will bring. It is a new track for me, and a new teammate but I have the right team around me to go for success next weekend in what should be an exciting championship finale for the team!’
Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT
‘It is great that we are able to place Andrew back into the capable hands of Teo Martin Motorsports. A promising first race with them at Spa back in August has opened the door for this opportunity and it will be very interesting to see how he gets on with the unknown of a new circuit and new teammate – all part of the learning curve for a GT racer.’
The next round of International GT Open takes place at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona in the format of a 70-minute sprint race on Saturday 31 October and a 60-minute sprint race on Sunday 1 November.
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About McLaren GT
McLaren GT is the GT race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group established to develop, build and support the GT racing and track derivatives of the 650S. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the 650S GT3 and the 650S Sprint.
McLaren Technical Partners
In the development, engineering and manufacture of the innovative and highly acclaimed 650S sports car and 650S GT3 racer, McLaren Automotive and McLaren GT have partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include ExxonMobil and TAG Heuer.
Further information on McLaren GT and the range of track-focused models can be found at: cars.mclaren.com/GT.