Klien to race McLaren in partial DTM campaign

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will race a McLaren as part of a three-race DTM programme with JP Motorsport.

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As reported by Autosport earlier this month, the former Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT driver will take part in three rounds of the DTM this season with the Polish-owned JP Motorsport team.

The 38-year-old will drive a McLaren 720S GT3 at the Zolder, Nurburgring and Assen races this year before embarking on a full season programme in 2022.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenging season that lies ahead," said Klien. "The DTM races will be the absolute highlight for me this year. 

"There we can compete with the best teams and drivers in GT3 racing and show what we are capable of. 

"With McLaren we have found an excellent partner for this and we are very much looking forward to working with this renowned manufacturer."

JP Motorsport was founded as EXP Racing at the end of 2018 before being rebranded last year to match the initials of owner couple Joanna Szwed and Patryk Krupinsky.

Klien and team-mate Krupinsky finished runners-up in the Pro-Am category of GT Open last year, finishing just one point behind Teo Martin Motorsport's Marcelo Hahn at the wheel of their Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Since making his final grand prix start with HRT at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Klien has contested a wide variety of touring and sportscar racing categories, including a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin and Morand Racing.

Christian Klien, JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3

Christian Klien, JP Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3

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A full campaign in the European Le Mans Series in 2015 yielded a third-place finish in the LMP2 ranks, including a class victory at the penultimate round of the season in Paul Ricard.

He also made selected appearances in the World Endurance Championship, Super GT and Australian Supercars series. 

Race of My Life: Christian Klien on the 2003 F3 Masters

Klien then finished 13th in the sprint leg of the Blancpain GT series (now GT World Challenge Europe) in 2019 before moving to GT Open last year with JP Motorsport.

The 2021 DTM season, the first to feature GT3 cars following the demise of the Class One era, will get underway at Monza on 19-20 June.

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