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McLaren Automotive have this afternoon announced New Zealand born Shane Van Gisbergen will join the Woking team as a FactoryDriver for the 2016 season.

Gisbergen will be behind the wheel of a 650S GT3 with a McLaren GT customer team for selected races across Europe, alongside his other commitments in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship.

With two wins in the Blancpain Endurance Series, a home win at the Highlands 101 and a famous clean sweep at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race, the kiwi driver has firmly established himself as one of the leading lights on the GT circuit over the past 12 months.

Van Gisbergen’s race plans will be the subject of a further announcement in the coming weeks.