The McLaren GT Driver Academy is set to return for its third year in 2017 with more drivers than ever before, as the working-based company looks to continue developing and handing opportunities to some of the world’s best young drivers. For 2017, the academy has chosen the Indian racer Akhil Rabindra along with 7 other drivers from across the world.
As part of this year’s initiative, four of the Academy drivers will compete in the 2017 British GT Championship. Sandy Mitchell, Ciaran Haggerty, Akhil Rabindra and Dean Macdonald, will join forces and compete in the national series with customer team Black Bull Garage 59 across its two-car 570S GT4 programme.
Rabindra and Macdonald will share the #59 570S GT4, making their series debuts against what’s shaping up to be another healthy and diverse GT4 class in the national series. 16-year-old Macdonald joins the academy as a Scottish Motor Racing Club Rising Star while 20-year-old Indian young gun Rabindra, moves into the programme after competing in both BRDC F4 and British F3 since 2013.
Bas Leinders, Team Manager, Black Bull Garage 59 commented, “We are delighted to have Akhil onboard for the 2017 season. Having competed in the top level of single seaters for the last few years in the UK he knows the circuits we will visit with the championship. We are confident that knowledge, coupled with the knowledge of the car he can gain from his teammates, we are in a good position for the season ahead.”
Akhil started racing at the age of 14 and has mainly concentrated on Formula cars, deciding now is the time to make the switch over to sports cars, outlining his plans to become a professional GT driver in the future. The Edinburgh-based 20 year-old, tested with GT machinery before Christmas, showing great potential before his debut season in the country’s premier GT championship.
Akhil will team up with fellow McLaren GT Academy Driver Dean Macdonald forming the driver pairing for the #59 570S GT4. Scottish Motor Racing Club rising star Dean Macdonald who is from Fife is the youngest ever Scottish Karting champion and will also make his debut in British GT racing.