The most professional GT championship you've never heard of
McLaren's Pure GT Series is a private championship that offers those that can afford it the chance to race and learn as a real racing driver. Autosport went along for the ride in a battle for the ages between representatives of print and social media
McLaren's Pure GT Series is probably the most professional GT4 championship you've never heard of. It follows the template laid down by fellow supercar manufacturers Ferrari and Lamborghini, which run their own single-make series for marque enthusiasts who wish to try their hands at high-performance GT racing.
The racing takes place on some of the most iconic circuits in Europe (this year McLaren's Pure GT Series will also visit Bahrain), but it all takes place behind closed doors, thanks to McLaren renting these venues privately for its range of 'Pure McLaren' driving experiences, which have grown in scope alongside the rise of its burgeoning Automotive business and growing range of supercars.
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