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McLaren GT factory drivers to race Blancpain GT with Garage 59

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McLaren GT factory drivers to race Blancpain GT with Garage 59
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Mar 8, 2016, 5:52 PM

McLaren's GT wing has announced that its factory drivers will take part in the 2016 edition of the Blancpain GT series with the newly-formed Garage 59 team.

Rob Bell
Podium: race winner Shane van Gisbergen, Tekno Autosports
#59 Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S: Shane van Gisbergen, Alvaro Parente, Jonathon Webb
#59 Von Ryan Racing McLaren 650S GT3: Bruno Senna, Alvaro Parente, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
#58 Von Ryan Racing McLaren 650S: Shane van Gisbergen, Rob Bell, Kevin Estre takes the win
#58 Von Ryan Racing McLaren 650S: Shane van Gisbergen, Rob Bell, Kevin Estre

The team will field two 650S GT3s in the Endurance Series - and one in the Sprint Series.

Sprint Series

In the five rounds of the Blancpain Sprint Series, Garage 59 will be represented by Rob Bell and Alvaro Parente.

Bell partnered Kevin Estre at the Attempto squad last year, but with Estre becoming a Porsche works driver, it is Parente who will now race alongside the Briton.

The Portuguese driver has had success in BSS' predecessor series FIA GT, winning four races with Sebastien Loeb Racing back in 2013.

Endurance Series

Garage 59 has also named the six drivers for its two-car BES assault, with the line-up consisting of three McLaren works drivers and three McLaren juniors.

Among the works drivers are Bell and V8 Supercars ace Shane van Gisbergen, the duo having taken two BES wins alongside Estre last year.

The other remaining factory name is Porsche Carrera Cup ace Come Ledogar, who previously contested the Spa 24 Hours - a race that is part of the BES calendar - with McLaren in 2013.

On the junior side, the drivers are BRDC F4 and Japanese F3 graduate Struan Moore, former Lotus protege Alex Fontana and International GT Open race winner Andrew Watson.

It is yet to be confirmed how the six drivers will be divided up between the two cars.

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