Brits take McLaren MP4-12C to podium on debut at Macau GT Cup
The debut outing at the Macau GT Cup of Leeds-based United Autosports' McLaren GT3 car, driven by Brit Danny Watts, ended in a resounding success.
Watts and the United Autosports team took home third place, despite having the first MP4-12C GT3 to compete in Asia and with no prior development time on the car.
Italian Edoardo Mortara drove to victory in his Audi R8 LMS while Japan's Keita Sawa came second.
The McLaren, sporting Gulf Oil livery, ran trouble-free and Watts polished off his 10th anniversary race in Macau with a reason to celebrate.
He said: "I had to bring my braking point back a little bit, which meant we lost a little bit of time, but apart from that the car's handling was excellent, really responsive, good traction, great rear end, and overall the car was really strong."
Autosports Managing Director and Co-Owner Richard Dean said: "This McLaren development car was delivered to us on the day it flew to Asia, so we had very little time to get to know it.
"The fact it came here and ran trouble free is a tribute to McLaren GT and I'm really excited United Autosports have achieved a first podium with the car, which really bodes well for the future."