The McLaren GT Driver Academy on Wednesday has chosen Indian racer Akhil Rabindra to compete in the British GT Championship along with seven other drivers across the world.
Rabindra was picked by the outfit as part of its program to continue developing and handing opportunities to some of the world's best young drivers. He will be joined by three Academy colleagues - Sandy Mitchell, Ciaran Haggerty, and Dean Macdonald. He will make his debut with Black Bull Garage 59.
The 20-year-old from Bengaluru will share the #59 570S GT4 car with 16-year-old Macdonald as they make their debuts in the seven-round championships. Rabindra has experience in both BRDC F4 and British F3 since 2013.
Andrew Kirkaldy, the Managing Director of McLaren GT, said, "We started the academy in 2015 with two young drivers. It was designed to help youngsters make a move into sports cars. It is no secret that there are more career opportunities for young drivers within the sports car world than the traditional single seater dream."
"We are delighted to have Akhil on board. Having competed at the top level of single seaters for the last few years in the UK, he knows the circuits we will visit in the championship. We are confident that his knowledge, coupled with knowledge of the car he can gain from his teammates, puts us in a good position for the season ahead," said Bas Leinders, the manager of Black Bull Garage 59.
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