European GT4 squad Equipe Verschuur have confirmed that they are entering British GT for 2018, fielding a single McLaren 570s GT4. Scottish drivers Dan MacKay and 18-year-old Finlay Hutchison have been confirmed as the Ducth outfit’s driver pairing. The team will be competing in both British GT and the GT4 European Series.

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Hutchison will be making his debut contesting a full British campaign of any sort, having competed in the GT4 European Series for Equipe Verschuur with the McLaren last season.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in the UK as well as Europe this year, it’s a great opportunity to be doing a double programme with all of the extra seat time it will give me,” said Hutchison. “Dan has some good experience so it’ll be great to work with him, I’m sure we’ll be a strong pairing and we know Equipe Verschuur will deliver a competitive car.

“The weather conditions will be a lot colder at the British tracks than I’m used to in the European championship, so I’ll need to adapt my driving style a little bit to suit that, but it’s a great challenge and I can’t wait for the first round at Oulton Park.

“I do prefer the longer endurance races, so the two-hour races and the big three-hour at Silverstone are the ones I’m most looking forward to in British GT4,” he added. “It’s going to be a busy year, but I can’t wait to get started.”

Dan MacKay made a single British GT4 entry in 2017 with the In2Racing-run McLaren 570s GT4 at Brands Hatch, alongside his regular Porsche Carrera Cup GB commitments.

“I can’t wait to get going with Finlay and Equipe Verschuur for this year’s racing,” said McKay. “I had a chance to sample a McLaren 570s GT4 last year and liked the overall feel of the car, and could feel there was more potential in there. With Finlay and Equipe Verschuur I feel we’ll be able to extract all of that to race right at the front of the increasingly competitive British GT4 Championship.

“With new cars from BMW, Audi and Mercedes into an already competitive field I’m under no illusions it’s going to be easy. The record of the guys at Equipe Verschuur speaks for itself, though, and I have no doubt in my mind we will have the best McLaren on the grid. Having a Scotsman as my team-mate is an obvious bonus – I won’t have to worry about anyone not understanding me!”

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