McLaren's 12C GT3 car will make its first appearance at one of the world's most challenging circuits this weekend, as 2013 Australian GT champions VIP Petfoods contest the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours.

The Bathurst race marks the start of VIP Petfoods' first full-season Australian attack with the 12C GT3, as father-and son duo Tony and Klark Quinn share the driving seat with McLaren GT managing director, Andrew Kirkaldy.

Although primarily focused on running McLaren's sportscar arm, the Scotsman boasts an impressive driving resum?, with a successful history in GT racing. A winner of the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, he secured the British GT Championship title in 2005, and claimed a podium finish in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year. He has also extensively tested the 12C GT3 throughout its development, racing at key events across Europe during the 2010 season.

"I am delighted that VIP Petfoods will contest the full Australian GT calendar this year, and I am honoured to join the team for the debut of the 12C GT3 at the Bathurst 12 Hours," Kirkaldy commented, "I am really looking forward to racing alongside Tony and Klark, and would like to thank them for the opportunity to be involved. It is such an iconic race, and one I have always dreamt of taking part in.'

The lights go green at Bathurst this Saturday (8 February).



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