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Senna and McLaren names reunited

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09/02/2015

The name Senna will adorn a McLaren race car once again as Bruno Senna joins GT programme.

Senna, 31, joins the McLaren GT factory driver programme alongside Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente. His role will involve the on-going development programme for the 650S GT3 and 650S Sprint models, as well as racing in selected events with the new 650S GT3, which makes its competitive debut with McLaren GT customer teams this year.

"It is a great honour for me to be joining McLaren; a team my uncle enjoyed such huge success with, and one of the most famous names in motorsport," said Senna. "2015 is a big year for the whole of McLaren, and it is an exciting time to be part of everything that is taking place.

"I am looking forward to working with the team at McLaren GT who I had a chance to get to know when I raced at the Spa 24 hour a couple of years ago, and I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new 650S. A lot of effort has gone into the development of the car since the 12C GT3, which I raced, and it made a big impression on its debut at the end of last season. It is shaping up to be a big year ahead."

"We are extremely pleased to be able to add Bruno to our factory driver line-up," added Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT, "and it is great to have the Senna name back on a McLaren. Our factory drivers are some of the most accomplished and capable on the grid, and Bruno adds further strength to our team. At only 31, he has a huge amount of experience, having raced with success in all major international championships including F1, European Le Mans Series, World Endurance Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series."

Following stints with Hispania, Lotus and Williams, Senna has raced with McLaren GT in a one-off appearance in the 12C GT3 at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in 2013 for customer team Von Ryan Racing. Throughout 2013 and 2014, he took part in the GTE class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, proving to be one of the fastest GT drivers in the category with numerous poles, wins and podium finishes. Most recently, he has been racing in the pioneering FIA Formula E championship.

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1. Posted by Hondawho?, 12/02/2015 15:25

""the man's been trading off that name all his career."

Thats a little harsh but he still fast and a very nice guy as well.

There are two different types of driver, single seaters and the rest.

If you are good at both, and that is rare, very rare, are you are lucky.

I hope that Bruno proves his worth in GT and even endurance as he is not like his uncle he is in "rest" bracket.. Thats not a bad thing either of course, just different with a different mentality.

You can of course drive both, Martin Brundle drove both but was a far better sports car driver and he proved that by becoming a World Champ of course, as is the newly crowned Mr Anthony Davidson, along with Jonathan Palmer although he was never a champ, chump maybe but champ no :-)

I always wondered what Jim Clerk would have been like in endurance sports cars but we never had a real chance to find out. If his saloon car exploits were anything to go by then one can only imagine he would also succeed in sports cars which of course he should have been driving at Brands, the fateful day at Hockenheim.

Best of luck to Snr Senna and lets all get behind him (To push if needed!!!)

Martin if you are reading this, you have given us all much enjoyment over the years, keep it up and well done for your encouragement to all young drivers single seater or otherwise, your son Alex included for which you are doing a great job."

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2. Posted by White Lightning, 09/02/2015 16:53

"I wish him all the luck in the world, but the man's been trading off that name all his career."

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