McLaren has four reasons to celebrate this past weekend. One of them has something to do with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team while the other three involves the McLaren GT customer teams. Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Formula 1 World Champion, won the 2012 Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Prior to its Italian win, McLaren already registered three great first place finishes in the United Kingdom, France and Spain in GT championships. French-based ART Grand Prix team, McLaren a customer team, showed what they got at the Circuito de Navarra in Spain. Driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3, the pair of Grégoire Demoustier and Ulric Amado managed to secure pole position in the FFSA French GT championship for the weekend’s Qualifying Race. The duo went on to grab the pole position despite having gotten a 15-second penalty.
McLaren is also celebrating the victory of the German/Dutch team Lapidus Racing at the 15th running of the 24H Barcelona held at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya. Lapidus Racing, driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3, started fifth on the grid, but its strong start allowed it to build a commanding lead to the night. The team’s 12C GT3, driven by British racers Adam Christodoulou, Tim Mullen and Phil Quaife alongside team owner Klaas Hummel, however, made an unscheduled stop shortly after half-distance.
The situation allowed two other teams to overtake Lapidus Racing, dropping them to third. After getting back on track, the team managed to catch up to the leaders and regained the lead in the early hours of the morning. With consistent lap times, the team built a sizeable lead over their rivals. As the clock breached the 24-hour barrier, Lapidus Racing’s 12C GT3 crossed the line for the win after completing 640 laps, which is equivalent to around 3,000 kilometres.