McLaren plans to field a team of Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes and French factory McLaren driver Côme Ledogar for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February.
Van Gisbergen and Lowndes are Supercars drivers for Triple Eight.
At a glance, it seems like a very potent combination, because all three have done well at Mount Panorama, accounting for nine career wins in various endurance races at Bathurst. That impressive record includes winning three of the last four 12 Hours.
Lowndes was a winner last year, pairing with Jamie Whincup to drive a Ferrari to victory, but Lowndes gave up that job to drive in the GT class for McLaren.
“The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of my absolute favourite events, so I am delighted to have the chance to defend my win in 2017 but in a McLaren for the first time,” Lowndes said.“McLaren is an iconic name in motor racing and the 650S is a serious bit of kit, so I am really excited about the opportunity to race it at Bathurst with Shane (Van Gisbergen) and Côme (Ledogar). I can’t wait.”
In pctures, the car they will be driving looks fast and the paint job is okay, provided some time is taken to grow accustomed to it.
In 2018, it will be the first time van Gisbergen has been to the 12 Hour since 2016. In that year, he smashed lap records on his way to the win.
He drove with Ledogar that year when they teamed up to win the Blancpain Endurance series in a similar McLaren 650S GT 3.
Van Gisbergen gushed, “I’m excited to be back in a McLaren for the Bathurst 12 Hour. I think we’ve got a strong driver line up, a strong team and a strong car, so I’m looking forward to the event.”