McLaren is returning to the ADAC GT Masters after seven years away. JP Motorsport will make a guest appearance with the McLaren 720S GT3 at the Red Bull Ring from 20th to 22nd May. Sharing the driving duties when the iconic car makes its ADAC GT Masters debut will be former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (39/A) and Dennis Lind (29/DK).
Christian Klien’s involvement at round two of the ADAC GT Masters in Spielberg makes the alpine quartet an alpine quintet. The former Formula 1 driver will be the fifth Austrian in action at the Red Bull Ring, joining his compatriots Norbert Siedler (39/Wildschönau), Simon Reicher (22/Kirchberg bei Mattighofen), Mick Wishofer (22/Wien) and Klaus Bachler (30/Unzmarkt). “The Red Bull Ring is my home circuit, so I am thrilled to be making a guest start in the ADAC GT Masters there with JP Motorsport. This is my first appearance in the German GT Championship. I have obviously followed the series for a long time and know how high the standard of the drivers and teams is. As such, the races are a good indication of where we stand when it comes to GT3 racing. The Red Bull Ring ought to suit the McLaren 720S GT3. However, we will be faced with new challenges. You cannot preheat the tyres and have to try to find the perfect window, in which the car is at its best,” says the 39-year-old.
His partner at the wheel, Dennis Lind, made his ADAC GT Masters debut last year. The Dane lined up in an Audi for Team WRT in two races in 2021. Both at the Red Bull Ring, which was also new territory for him. Lind showed that he is a force to be reckoned with at the alpine rollercoaster, finishing fifth in race one on his debut. “I am pleased to be able to drive at this beautiful track in the mountains again. It is years since McLaren last started in the ADAC GT Masters. We have a totally different car now. One of the goals for Spielberg is to get to know the new generation of Pirelli tyres better under tough racing conditions, as this tyre is also used in other series, in which we are involved. Our goal is to feature at the front of the field. However, the ADAC GT Masters is one of the hottest racing series of all. The field is very evenly matched and any mistake is punished unforgivingly. A top-five finish would be a success, a place in the top ten would be respectable. One thing is certain: It is going to be a hard battle.”
Source. ADAC GT Masters