Shaun Goff’s prolific British squad, which ran an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to the British GT3 championship title in 2018, has been affiliated with McLaren lately and entered a 720S GT3 in final weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours opening spherical of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
However with no GTE automotive in McLaren’s portfolio and GT3 equipment not eligible to enter the WEC till 2024, Optimum will crew up with German WEC regulars Project1 to enter a single 911 RSR-19 underneath the Inception Racing banner.
Barnicoat, who completed fourth at Daytona in his GTD Professional class Vasser Sullivan Racing Lexus RC F GT3, rejoins the crew for which he contested final season’s Asian Le Mans Collection and the IMSA Petit Le Mans season finale in his ultimate race look as a McLaren manufacturing unit driver.
He will probably be partnered with common Optimum pairing Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy, the 2021 Worldwide GT Open pro-am champions having raced along with Barnicoat throughout the ALMS and eventually yr’s Le Mans 24 Hours after they campaigned a Ferrari fielded in partnership with Kessel Racing.
The trio reached the end and had been categorised 12th after struggling repeated punctures within the early phases of the race.
They’d additionally deliberate to enter the Monza WEC spherical, however withdrew following a follow accident for American novice driver Iribe on the Ascari chicane.
Final yr Challenge 1 fielded a single full-season Porsche for Matteo Cairoli, Egidio Perfetti and Riccardo Pera, the crew putting fourth within the GTE Am factors with a finest end of second at Portimao.
The crew received the GTE Am class at Le Mans in 2019 with Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti after the Riley Ford GT that had crossed the road first was disqualified for a technical infringement.
A 13-car GTE Am area was introduced by the WEC earlier this month, whereas Corvette Racing has dedicated to becoming a member of Porsche and Ferrari within the GTE Professional class.
The 2022 season will get underway with the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 18 March.