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Old 4 Jan 2019, 12:31 (Ref:3873936)   #331
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moving up? They are in European Le Mans Series.
Blancpain would not be a move up, but a side step.

Side step is about right.

Campos ?
Drivex (in alliance with F.Alonso in Formula Renault) ?

Drivex have been in the series before with very AM lineups (AMG's), so would make sense.. then again, there are a decent amount of Spanish teams in GT Open!
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Old 11 Jan 2019, 22:11 (Ref:3875617)   #332
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It's Teo Martin:

https://sportscar365.com/other-serie...-gt3-customer/
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Old 12 Jan 2019, 19:40 (Ref:3875771)   #333
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Yes Teo were always expected.

The rumour was a second Spanish team running 720s Gt3s in Blancpain
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Old 13 Jan 2019, 12:38 (Ref:3875913)   #334
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Can't remember where I read it, but Baporo was also mentioned in relation to McLaren.
(I think it was on Endurance-Info, but I can't find it anymore)

They used to run a Ferrari for SMP / Russian Bears in GTOpen some years ago IIRC.
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Old 28 Feb 2019, 15:08 (Ref:3887340)   #335
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Mclaren have added Alvaro Parente, Michael Cooper, Kuno Wittmer to their factory lineup alongside Ben Barnicoat, Joe Osborne, and Paul Holton.

Mclaren Young Professional drivers will be Martin Kondric, Fran Rueda, Charlie Flagg & Michael O’Brien

Mclaren Development Drivers will be Jordan Collard, James Dorlin, Lewis Proctor and Josh Smith, who will run in 2 Tolman GT4s this year in Brit GT.

14 drivers over 3 tiers. Big statement, and certainly focused on rising talent over established GT heavyweights
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Old 28 Feb 2019, 21:31 (Ref:3887422)   #336
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14 drivers but only two (Parente and Barnicoat) are factory material.
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Old 1 Mar 2019, 15:23 (Ref:3887589)   #337
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14 drivers but only two (Parente and Barnicoat) are factory material.
Unfair judgement considering a number of them are junior drivers, there to learn and improve
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And flat uninformed, but that is what is usually posted by that user lately.
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Old 1 Mar 2019, 21:39 (Ref:3887670)   #339
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And flat uninformed, but that is what is usually posted by that user lately.
with a more considered opinion- they seem to be building for the future here, big focus on young potential not established names. nice to see
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Unfair judgement considering a number of them are junior drivers, there to learn and improve

I do agree. But I can't see a manufacturer developing a brand new car with a bunch of juniors. Anticipation or not, you need experienced people for a season. And two guys are not enough to make a team of three.
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I do agree. But I can't see a manufacturer developing a brand new car with a bunch of juniors. Anticipation or not, you need experienced people for a season. And two guys are not enough to make a team of three.
Id suggest you maybe need to learn a bit more about these drivers before judging them.

Joe Osborne isnt a spring chicken, and has good experience developing cars.

Rob Bell is still also present at Mclaren, he developed the 720s, he wont have a race programme beyond his British GT car, but thats not his role.

Michael Cooper is a well established name in US sportscar racing, and has driven for GM factory efforts before. He had a tough break last year after being dropped from his PWC programme when it was too close to the start of the season to really find a wealth of alternative programmes.

Paul Holton is young sure, but well proven in the GT4, and is very used to coaching amateurs (a lot of GT3 is PRO AM remember)

Kuno Wittmer, remember him from anywhere? IMSA GTLM champion Kuno Wittmer?

Martin Kondric is a development driver, but has a LOT of experience over the last few years..

Fran Rueda has been running incredibly well in GT Open for a number of years..

The rest of the junior drivers are there to learn and improve, this is clearly a long term strategy from Mclaren... Would you rather they employ a bunch of old guys who will be strong for a year and then retire?

Sure plenty of manufacturers do that, but increasingly people like AMG, Porsche, are investing in junior programmes to bring their own new guys up the ranks.

Why not
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 01:04 (Ref:3887908)   #342
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Rob Bell seems not active in the new McLaren GT sporting activities.



When you leave home to follow your dreams, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy Technicolor bricks. All the other drivers you mentioned are not spring chickens but not factory material. Kuno Wittmer is OK but be honest, if he was good as you quote him, he would have keep his job. People tend to overestimate some drivers.
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When you leave home to follow your dreams, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy Technicolor bricks. All the other drivers you mentioned are not spring chickens but not factory material. Kuno Wittmer is OK but be honest, if he was good as you quote him, he would have keep his job. People tend to overestimate some drivers.
Sorry but his job, and Micheal Cooper's job, was not lost by their efforts. The teams were shut down by budget restriction and model closeout. I would recommend you actually read up on why before deciding they were let go for their driving.

Rob Bell is in development, you know that thing you were complaining McLaren was ignoring. Development isn't done in race but before the car is homologated.
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Sorry but his job, and Micheal Cooper's job, was not lost by their efforts. The teams were shut down by budget restriction and model closeout. I would recommend you actually read up on why before deciding they were let go for their driving.

Rob Bell is in development, you know that thing you were complaining McLaren was ignoring. Development isn't done in race but before the car is homologated.


Not sure facts matter to Juntos
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