Following a successful debut season in 2016 for Garage 59 in the International GT Open, the team confirm a return to challenge for the title in 2017. The British squad will again enter a two car McLaren 650S GT3 Pro-Am line-up to contest the full seven-round series sporting new liveries. All drivers in the team are familiar to the series having competed with Garage 59 in 2016, and with the oversight from Team Manager Tim Mullen and a wealth of track experience from the pros, the team are confident of a solid result in their title campaign.
Piloting the #88 car, Sweden’s Alexander West teams up with McLaren GT factory driver Côme Ledogar, from France. The duo performed well together in 2016 securing 4 podiums and 3 pole positions, including a richly deserved victory at the Monza round, with West finishing seventh overall in the championship.
As in 2016, Michael Benham and Duncan Tappy join forces in the #59 car, following a successful debut in 2016 where the British duo secured one victory at the first round of the season in Estoril, two further podiums and a pole position finishing eighth overall in the championship.
Garage 59 Team Manager Tim Mullen commented: “It is great to be returning to the International GT Open series for a two car assault on the championship title. We showed great pace with the 650S GT3 and performed well as a team in 2016 so we are relishing the challenge ahead of us in 2017. We have strong driver lineups from the outset and they demonstrated last year they all worked well together during what was Alex and Mike’s impressive debut competitive GT racing seasons so it is all shaping up to be a good season.”