Tolman Motorsport was sad and disappointed to learn that the 2020 McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme (DDP) has been suspended, but respects and supports the decision in light of the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the Tolman-McLaren Automotive partnership entered its third year and all parties were looking forward to a fruitful title push with a truly international DDP driver line-up.
However, Tolman recognises that the unprecedented restrictions on movement and social interaction have severely limited the effectiveness of this year’s Driver Development Programme, and the McLaren Customer Racing team is supportive of McLaren Automotive in its decision to suspend all on and off-track DDP activities until 2021.
While disappointing, Tolman Motorsport retains two 2020 British GT Championship entries, with cars readily available to compete in GT4 and the capacity to run additional GT3 campaigns for customers who are seeking a professional and successful racing team with broad, high-calibre engineering capabilities.
Tolman Managing Director, Christopher Tolman, said: “I’m very disappointed that the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme will not be running at all in 2020, but understand McLaren’s position; it would not be right to continue under the current circumstances and compromise the programme.
“However, Tolman Motorsport remains positive and we’re focused on the potential opportunities this presents. We still have two British GT entries, race cars ready to compete in GT4 and the capacity to run GT3 campaigns for those who are looking for a professional, well-presented team with a track record for delivering success for its customers, and a strong reputation for working to the highest engineering standards. We would encourage anybody with ambitions to race in GT3 or GT4 to contact us.”