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McLaren GT has today announced the formation of the McLaren GT Driver Academy. Alex Fontana (23) from Switzerland and Jersey-born Struan Moore (20) join Northern Irish 2015 McLaren GT Young Driver Andrew Watson (20). All three drivers already hold a wide variety of single seat and GT experience, and the Driver Academy will see them work closely with the team at McLaren GT, including Factory Drivers Rob Bell, Alvaro Parente and Bruno Senna, as they look to establish a successful career in competitive global GT racing.

‘The McLaren GT Driver Academy is a natural evolution of the Young Driver Programme which proved extremely successful in its debut season in 2015.” said McLaren GT’s Managing Director Andrew Kirkaldy. “It will expand the successful platform already in place, and build on the strong foundations of the 2015 season which saw the Young Drivers secure seven top-six finishes, including one win for Watson in the International GT Open championship.

He continued: “The appeal of the various global GT3 championships is becoming greater, and the drivers are younger and more committed than ever. Despite being young, we are increasingly seeing drivers moving from single seaters with a wealth of experience and a very high level of skill who are hungry for a new challenge.

“The new Driver Academy will be tailored to this greater level of experience, and look to help enhance the talents and provide a more complete understanding of how to manage and progress with a successful GT career.’

Further details of the McLaren GT Driver Academy and the schedule for the 2016 season will be announced in the coming weeks.