Duncan’s Italian job secures him coveted ART McLaren drive for Blancpain season
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Following an impressive display in the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza, British driver Duncan Tappy has been signed up by world-renowned racing team ART Grand Prix to spearhead their new foray into international GTs for the remainder of the season.
The Brit, a two time McLaren Autosport Award finalist, will be racing the McLaren MP4-12C GT3, in tandem with French driver Grégoire Demoustier.
Tappy has enjoyed notable success as a single-seater driver. He is a Formula Ford Festival Winner and Formula Renault UK Champion and has scored podiums and wins in Auto GP and Superleague Formula.
ART GP, owned by Frédéric Vasseur and Nicolas Todt, have dominated international junior single-seater categories for the past decade, achieving a record number of wins and titles in GP2, F3 Euroseries and GP3 and setting the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Romain Grosjean, Jamie Green and Tiago Monteiro on the road to enduring success as racing drivers.
Frédéric Vasseur said: “At ART Grand Prix, we have always set the bar very high in terms of what we aim to achieve in any category we enter. Therefore, we knew that we wanted our inaugural season in GT racing to be lead by a driver with pace, intelligence and full commitment to the team’s cause.
“I was already aware of Duncan through his titles in single-seater racing and he definitely confirmed to us that he is the right man for the job, during the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza. We are therefore very pleased to have signed him for the rest of the season.”
Duncan Tappy said: “I am delighted to be teaming up with two of most prestigious names in international motor sport in ART Grand Prix and McLaren. The car had a few normal teething issues at Monza but we were very competitive for most of the race and we managed to bring it home in the end.
“It’s already obvious that the ART-McLaren package has huge potential and I am really relishing the challenge ahead of contributing to their success in this category.”
The second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place on 2-3 June at Silverstone.