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Vandoorne to drive McLaren at Baku World Challenge

Vandoorne and Frédéric Vervisch will share duties at the helm of the McLaren MP4-12c GT model at the Aztexnika circuit in Azerbaijan
Boutsen Ginion Racing has announced that Formula Renault 3.5 runner up, Stoffel Vandoorne will contest the final round of the FIA GT Series - the Baku World Challenge – next month.

The news comes just one week after Vandoorne completed his season with Fortec Motorsport.

The Belgian has been partnered with his compatriot, Frédéric Vervisch, a regular in the Blancpain Endurance Series this season. The two will share duties at the helm of one of the team's two McLaren MP4-12Cs at the Aztexnika circuit in Azerbaijan, with Alexander Sims and Stef Dusseldorp in the sister car.

Vandoorne is a member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Program so already has strong links to the team.

Speaking of his recent announcement, Vandoorne was quick to note the challenge ahead as he adapts to a new style of racing.

“It will be something very different to what I'm used to driving, but I'm looking forward to this experience,” he said. “We will try our best as usual and give it a good go for the victory!”

His team-mate, Vervisch, had similar sentiments just weeks before the race.

“I'm very happy I can finish my first GT-season with the FIA GT Series closing race in Baku, thanks to the team that believes in me,” he said. “Knowing it's taking place on a street circuit, makes me even more excited. Street circuits are my favourite! I'm also looking forward to working together with my team mate and friend, Stoffel Vandoorne.”

A grid of 30 cars is expected for the race weekend.

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Stoffel Vandoorne - Fortec [Pic credit: Renault Sport]
Stoffel Vandoorne - Fortec [Pic credit: Renault Sport]
Stoffel Vandoorne - Fortec [Pic credit: Renault Sport]

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