• McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • McLaren MP4-12C GT3
  • Alvaro Parente
  • McLaren GT Project Manager Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin

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