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BRAND NEW

BRITISH GT team

Debut AT GT CHAMPIONSHIP 2022

ABOUT US

We are a newly established British GT3 team confirmed for a debut season competing in the British GT championship with the McLaren 720S GT3. A customer focused GT3 team, running with McLaren and supported by international experience

Founded by Joe Edge, 7TSIX benefits from a strong team of individuals who have worked closely with the McLaren brand and the 720S GT3. Heading up the team management is Jody Firth, who is an experienced GT racer and engineer in his own right and has extensive knowledge of the latest McLaren, having most recently been involved across multiple successful GT3 campaigns across Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The team now enters the championship with the McLaren 720S GT3, which has enjoyed strong results across the world since its customer racing debut in 2019.

ABOUT US

We are a newly established British GT3 team confirmed for a debut season competing in the British GT championship with the McLaren 720S GT3. A customer focused GT3 team, running with McLaren and supported by international experience

Founded by Joe Edge, 7TSIX benefits from a strong team of individuals who have worked closely with the McLaren brand and the 720S GT3. Heading up the team management is Jody Firth, who is an experienced GT racer and engineer in his own right and has extensive knowledge of the latest McLaren, having most recently been involved across multiple successful GT3 campaigns across Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The team now enters the championship with the McLaren 720S GT3, which has enjoyed strong results across the world since its customer racing debut in 2019.

THE CAR

The McLaren 720S GT3 started its competitive debut with customer teams during the 2019 season, following an intensive test programme which has covered thousands of kilometres across the globe. This latest model pushes the boundaries of what is possible, and begins a new chapter in our legendary sports car racing story.

More than 90 percent of components which form the latest GT3 model have been changed or optimised in some way from the ground breaking 720S. The combination of changes to bodywork, aerodynamics and suspension will deliver a significantly enhanced car, designed to excel on the most demanding circuits, under the extreme pressures of endurance racing.

THE CAR

The McLaren 720S GT3 started its competitive debut with customer teams during the 2019 season, following an intensive test programme which has covered thousands of kilometres across the globe. This latest model pushes the boundaries of what is possible, and begins a new chapter in our legendary sports car racing story.

More than 90 percent of components which form the latest GT3 model have been changed or optimised in some way from the ground breaking 720S. The combination of changes to bodywork, aerodynamics and suspension will deliver a significantly enhanced car, designed to excel on the most demanding circuits, under the extreme pressures of endurance racing.

NEWS & UPDATES

Events

Events

Teamwork and determination secures debut Dubai 24h podium

A huge team effort by the 7TSIX crew and drivers at the Hankook 24H Dubai saw the #76 McLaren deliver an impressive performance, securing pole position and the final position on the Am class podium. An early mechanical issue meant shift in strategy, but quick work by the pitcrew set up a dogged recovery by the whole team to climb back up the order.

After securing pole position for the team’s 24-hour race debut, a mechanical setback saw the #76 McLaren limp back to the pits during the opening stint. The crew set to work, quickly diagnosing the issue and making the necessary repairs, replacing a failed damper and completing a full tyres and fuel service in just 8 minutes. This significant effort ensured minimal time loss against the grid of more than 50 cars assembled at Dubai Autodrome.

Despite the setback, the driver quartet of James Cottingham, Andrew Gilbert, Matúš Výboh and Fran Rueda echoed the speed and efficiency of the pitcrew, quickly settling into a rhythm and working on minimising the effects of the situation. The result saw the #76 McLaren 720S GT3 quickly onto the back of the field and then steadily moving back up through the traffic.

Such was the pace of the McLaren, that James recovered almost 20 positions by the end of his double stint, while Andrew and Matúš continued to make inroads towards the overall top-20. This pace was then reinforced when Fran took to the track for his first stint, and set the car’s fastest time as he was comfortably the quickest car on track.

This strong pace continued, and the Yorkshire-based team worked to optimise the strategy from the pitwall as the race was regularly brought under Code 60 full course caution. With a series of strong strategy calls and consistently quick pace from the four drivers, the sole McLaren entry was running comfortably through the darkness, P2 in the Am class and had climbed the order as high as P11 overall. However, as three-quarters distance passed, and dawn broke over the Dubai Autodrome, the team were dealt a further blow. A further technical issue required investigation, dropping the team down the overall order, but the early effort and pace minimised the setback. At the flag, the team secured the final podium finish and were classified P40 overall.

“It has been an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Not even a year since we set up 7TSIX, and today we competed in our first 24-hour endurance event, taking pole position and taking the fight to much more experienced and well-established competition.

"We were really unlucky with the early setback, but the effort and determination showed by the pitcrew to turn the car around and have it back out on track so quickly was absolutely unbelievable. The drivers as well, were great in every session, and really impressed – especially when you remember that James has never raced the McLaren, Matus hasn’t competed in a GT3 before, and they were on a grid of more than 50 cars in different classes. the end result doesn’t do justice to the efforts of the whole crew, and it was a great way to kick off the new season.”

Joe Edge, 7TSIX, team owner Tweet

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