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McLaren Choose Tolman Motorsport To Run The Two 570s GT4 Cars

Tolman Motorsport will operate a pair of McLaren 570S GT4s under the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme in the 2019 British GT Championship season.

The Warwickshire-based team will welcome James Dorlin, Jordan Collard, Josh Smith and Lewis Proctor – who were recently confirmed for the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme in 2019 – for a two-pronged title attack in the British GT Championship’s GT4 class.

The youngest son of multiple British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race winner Rob Collard, Jordan tasted victory during a prolific karting career, before stepping up to car racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

However, a successful maiden assault on the 2018 MINI Challenge yielded outright race victories, a third-place finish in the definitive standings and a Rookie Championship win, and it was that performance that piqued McLaren's interest.

The Hampshire-domiciled teenager will be targeting race wins and the British GT4 title during what will be a pivotal year in his motor racing career, but he’s unwilling to underestimate the challenge he faces in 2019, saying: “Tolman Motorsport had a really strong 2018 season with the McLaren 570S and it’s my intention to keep the team at the sharp end, building on the results it achieved last year while aiming for the top spot in the final championship standings.

“It is a high-pressure year and, being the youngest, I perhaps have the most work to do. However, I really enjoy the pressure; when I’m squeezed, I perform at my best and it keeps me in the zone where I can refine my abilities and extract that last percentage of performance. McLaren and Tolman Motorsport, meanwhile, are masters of reliability, both are driven brands and it’s always good to know I'm not the only one striving to win.”