Van Gisbergen lands McLaren drive in Gulf 12 Hours

Shane van Gisbergen will race the new McLaren 720S GT3

Shane van Gisbergen has been named as part of the line-up which will give the McLaren 720S GT3 its racing debut this weekend in the Gulf 12 Hours.

Van Gisbergen will partner McLaren factory driver Ben Barnicoat and Alvaro Parente in the McLaren Customer Racing entry at the Yas Marina circuit.

The New Zealander won the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour with Parente in a 650S, and went on to take out that year’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in a Garage 59 McLaren entry.

The 720S GT3 only made its public debut the weekend before last at the Bahrain GT Festival.

“Forming part of a comprehensive development programme, we are pleased to reveal the all-star driver line up for the competitive debut of the McLaren 720S GT3 in Abu Dhabi later this week,” read the McLaren Automotive statement announcing the drivers.

“With such a stellar line up this will be the perfect opportunity to gauge the potential of the new 720S GT3.”

Barnicoat, who has been involved with development of the car, will serve as the trio’s lead driver.

The Gulf 12 Hours will be held from December 13-15, with race start at 2000 AEDT on the Saturday.

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