Valencia will play host to the second round and next two races of McLaren Automotive’s FIA accredited Pure McLaren single-make international race series which lands in Spain this weekend.
It follows the first round at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of April and is the second of six rounds of the series that visits some of the most iconic tracks across Europe.
An annual staple of the MotoGP calendar since 1999, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo is as challenging on four wheels as it is two. Those four wheels in this case belonging to the McLaren 570S GT4.
The location and layout of the circuit make it an excellent all-purpose facility, with the Hoya de Buñol area in which it lies enjoying favorable weather conditions for much of the year. Its anti-clockwise, 2.48-mile layout and 14 corners will provide a challenging test for the field of drivers looking to better their skills this weekend.
Last time out Mia Flewitt took glory in both races with Mohamed Al-Khalifa taking honors for setting the fastest laptime of the weekend. He also joined the third step of the podium in the first race with Andrew Frankel ahead of him. Issam Charrouf and Stewart Proctor took second and third places respectively in the second GT race.
Unveiled as part of McLaren Automotive’s expanded customer-focussed motorsport programme, the new series is aimed at McLaren owners who already have extensive track driving experience and are looking to take their first steps in the racing world. The series offers a controlled environment with the support of McLaren motorsport experts that allows customers to tap into over five decades of the brand’s racing know-how.
Open exclusively to McLaren owners with the minimum of an International D grade license, they will be able to ‘arrive and drive’ thanks to cars maintained and run by McLaren engineers and technicians. This frees drivers up to concentrate on improving their driving and racing.
With a field comprising of McLaren 570S GT4 track cars, which are either driver owned or rented, the race weekend format will comprise Friday testing with 40-minutes of free practice, 20-minute qualifying sessions and 30—minute races on Saturday and Sunday.
Drivers compete in two categories to be contested simultaneously; the Pure McLaren single-make series, which is the overall category open to all competitors; and the Bruce McLaren Cup, named after McLaren founder Bruce McLaren and for drivers who have held their racing licence for less than twelve months and have not competed higher than club level in that specific year.
There are also awards for ‘best qualifier’ for the driver with the most pole positions over the series and ‘most improved driver’. Each round will also see the ‘Speedy Kiwi’ awarded for the driver who set the fastest lap time.
The new series is an extension of Pure McLaren – the official driving programme of McLaren Automotive. Pure McLaren offers drivers track day experiences and professional coaching so that they can get the most out of the performance of McLaren cars and develop their track driving skills. The highest levels of the Performance Academy even help budding racers achieve their race license allowing them to compete in the Pure McLaren one-make series – the route that most competitors have taken.
Pure McLaren offers McLaren owners track day experiences and driver coaching so that they can get the most out of the performance of their cars and develop race driving skills.
2018 Pure McLaren single-make race calendar
Round 1: Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, April 27-29
Round 2: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain May 18 – 20
Round 3: Portimao Circuit, Portugal, June 22-24
Round 4: Circuit Paul Ricard, France, July 27 – 29
Round 5: Hockenheim, Germany, 31 August – 02
Round 6: Silverstone Circuit, UK, September 28-30
Note: Press release courtesy of McLaren Automotive.