Jack Brown and Charles Clark will team up aboard the Optimum Motorsport McLaren Artura GT4 this year. Brown returns to McLaren after sharing the Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 in 2022. Clark is making his series debut aboard the new for 2023 machine from Woking which joins an equally new McLaren 720S GT3 Evo announced earlier today.
Optimum has a long and storied history in the GT4 element of the British GT championship having run McLarens, Aston Martins and Ginettas in the championship in the past. It’s the first time since 2019 the Wakefield team have contested the GT4 category.
Jack Brown has taken victories in the championship, taking the top step of the podium at Spa in 2021 aboard the outgoing McLaren 570S GT4 run by Balfe Motorsport.
“I’m really looking forward to this season; British GT is going from strength to strength and 2023 is shaping up to be the most competitive year yet,” he told BritishGT.com. “It’s a long season and as always you will need a bit of good fortune to win the championship, but that is our goal, and we will be pushing for wins from the off.
“Optimum’s credentials speak for themselves; they are a top team in every respect. In Charles I know that I have a super-fast team-mate and so all of the ingredients are there to have a very competitive and enjoyable season of racing. I can’t wait to get going!”
After 4 years racing Porsche machinery, Charles Clark makes the step up to multi-class racing. Previous experience in Porsche Carrera Cup GB led to the Visit Cayman Islands Porsche Sprint Challenge GB which races the Porsche GT4 car.
“British GT has always been a dream for me since I was a kid. I’m really looking forward to the challenge with Jack,” said Clark.
“Optimum Motorsport are a world-class team with lots of titles across the globe. The new McLaren Artura provides us with an excellent package to compete at the front and we are all super motivated to win and fight for the title.
“Jack’s got great experience and pace in the championship and I’m looking forward to sharing the car with him this year and getting some great results.”
Fans will get the chance to see the new GT4 from McLaren up close at the British GT Media Day on 14th March. The Artura GT4’s competitive debut will take place at Oulton Park on Easter weekend.