New McLaren 720S GT3 to make global public debut at Bapco Bahrain GT Festival

New McLaren 720S GT3 to make global public debut at Bapco Bahrain GT Festival

McLaren Automotive has confirmed that the new 720S GT3 will make its global public debut as part of this weekend’s Bapco Bahrain GT Festival.

Staged at the Bahrain International Circuit, the 30 November/1 December event will feature competitive action from the FIA GT Nations Cup, GT4 International Cup and Bahrain Classic Challenge, as well as significant off-track entertainment. 

It now has the added attraction of witnessing the hotly anticipated 720S GT3, which will be demonstrated on the 5.4km circuit and displayed in the paddock. The car is set to make its competitive debut at the upcoming Gulf 12 Hours before undertaking a full racing programme in 2019. 

“We’re looking forward to demonstrating the 720S GT3 at the Bahrain GT Festival, and really thrilled to be competing in the Gulf 12 Hours, which will end an exciting year for the motorsport team,” commented Dan Walmsley, McLaren Automotive’s Director of Motorsport. 

“The 720S GT3 is the first race car designed and built by McLaren Automotive and the development team has worked tirelessly to deliver the gruelling test programme we devised for the car. We’re sure we’ll have plenty to learn during the race, and we’ll continue with testing after the event.”

The 720S GT3 is expected to compete in next year’s Blancpain GT Series and is the successor to the brand’s 650S GT3 model, which clinched the Endurance Cup drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2016. 

The 650S GT3 remained competitive throughout the 2018 campaign, vying for overall victory at Circuit Paul Ricard before ultimately taking a third-place finish at the French venue. Swedish representatives Alexander West and Victor Bouveng will also use the model when they tackle the FIA GT Nations Cup this weekend.