Bruno Senna has said that he is looking forward to making his debut for the marque that helped embellish the legacy of his uncle, having agreed to race for Von Ryan Racing in the 24 Hours of Spa.
The Brazilian, who never got the chance to race for McLaren during his brief F1 career, will join manager and McLaren Automotive test driver Chris Goodwin and Von Ryan regular Rob Barff in the line-up.
Having been unable to hold on to a place on the grid in the top flight for 2013, Senna switched to GT racing with Aston Martin, but will swap marques for his second 24-hour race of the season, having starred at Le Mans a couple of weeks ago.
“I have really enjoyed the experience of racing in GTs so far this season, but this will be my first race in a McLaren,” the former GP2 race winner commented, “Obviously it is a brand that my family has close links with, and I am really honoured to have the chance to have the opportunity to race the 12C GT3 in the 50th year of the team.
“I am really looking forward to racing with Chris as well. We have worked together for a number of years, and it will be a lot of fun to race alongside him at one of my favourite race circuits.”
The Spa marathon will feature at least ten McLaren 12C GT3s with customer team Von Ryan returning for a second consecutive year, moving into the Pro category for the first time.
Goodwin returns to the cockpit of the #88 car in which he and Barff claimed a hard-fought fourth place in the Pro-Am category at the team's first attempt, less than 30 seconds off a podium finish after a gruelling 24 hours. The driver line-up is particularly special for the Briton, who has managed Senna's career from junior racing through to F1.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to tackle my favourite race again, and it's great to be back in the car sharing with Rob Barff, but, of course, I'm really looking forward to racing with Bruno as well,” Goodwin said, “We have worked together for many years now, but we have never actually driven together before so this will be a new experience for both of us. I've watched him race at Spa many times in GP2, Formula 1™ and in GT cars, and know how quick he can be. It should be a fun weekend!"
The 24 Hours of Spa gets underway on Saturday 27 July with more than 60 cars expected on the grid.