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Jensen Button will be joining McLaren's Customer Racing Factory Drivers in the 720S GT3 lineup competing in SRO E-Sport GT Series.

02 May 2020 | International News : U.K.

McLaren Automotive will be represented by a star-studded driver lineup for the 2020 SRO E-Sport GT Series, a new virtual race series that gets underway this Sunday, April 26, with 2009 Formula One World Champion and former McLaren Grand Prix race-winner Jenson Button heading the list.

With the SRO GT World Challenge motor racing events postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, an online e-sports series has been devised using Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official GT World Challenge Powered by AWS racing simulation game.

The 2009 F1 Champion Jenson Button will represent McLaren for the upcoming virtual GT racing
The five-round series features three classes competing in separate races, followed by a grand finale race featuring the top performers in each class.

McLaren Automotive will be represented by 10 drivers in the SRO E-Sport GT Series, with six taking part in the Pro Series for real-world competitors and a further four in the Silver Series for invited 'sim' drivers who have already established their driving credentials in simulated racing. The Series also features an Am class that will be decided by a public 'hot-lap' competition.

2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will headline the Pro class for McLaren. Button raced for McLaren for seven seasons, finishing the 2011 season as runner-up, before making a one-off final appearance in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. Following a career totalling 306 Grand Prix starts, joint fourth in the all-time list, he made his e-sport debut with McLaren in the Formula One virtual Grand Prix earlier this month. With this experience under his belt, Button is turning to virtual GT racing, mirroring his real-life position as a team owner in GT competition, which sees Jenson Team Rocket RJN running a McLaren 720S GT3.

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