Round 1 - Monza, Italy
Championship Position: TBCStruan Moore headed to the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, Italy for Round 1 of the Blancpain Endurance Championship. After encouraging pre-season testing the #59 McLaren 650S GT3 machine was in the hands of Struan and his teammates Alex Fontana and Andrew Watson as part of a two car entry alongside the #58 of Rob Bell, Come Ledogar and Shane Van Gisbergen.
Struan, Alex and Andrew form part of the highly acclaimed McLaren GT Academy and were the youngest line-up on show in Monza.
Following some solid running in practice Struan was first onto the track for the three part qualifying before Fontana and Watson took over. The young McLaren trio went on to secure P14 of 57 cars and impressively, ahead of their more experienced factory drivers in the #59.
Sadly, the race was hampered at the start, with Alex Fontana at the wheel, the McLaren received contact resulting in a long stay in the pits putting them out of contention. They rejoined at the back before fighting hard to cross the line in P36. The number 58 car went on to claim victory to add a silver lining to an otherwise frustrating race.
Taking the positives, the car is clearly quick and the moral between the team remains strong and resolute heading into Round 2 at Silverstone in a few weeks time.
"We were really chuffed after quali, our pace was good and we felt well positioned going into the race. To put our car P14 in our first outing in such a big and quality field was a satisfying result. We knew the pace was there and we had genuine hope that a podium was achievable. That was quickly put to bed right at the start when Alex was hit in turn 1 leading to a long period in the garage. With so many cars fighting for position there is always a risk of contact, sadly ours put us way back so we had a long battle to get back into the pack and salvage what we could. Finishing 36th after the first lap troubles is not a bad result. I can't wait for Silverstone now so we can try and get back up to the front and challenge for a podium in from of my home crowd".