Racing star Sandy Mitchell set to drive 180mph Black Bull McLaren in this year’s British GT Championship

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Forfar teenager Sandy Mitchell will return to the British GT Championship for the 2017 season piloting a 180mph McLaren 570S GT4.

The 17-year-old, named British GT Rookie of the Year in 2016 after an impressive debut season which saw him win two races, will again partner fellow Scot, 20-year-old Ciaran Haggerty from Johnstone.

Both drivers carry the prestigious Scottish Motor Racing Club Rising Star status.

The talented young Scottish duo will share the No100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 in all seven rounds of the British GT Championship.

Europe’s most competitive sportscar series gets underway at Oulton Park on April 15-17.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Black Bull Garage 59 car with Ciaran,” Mitchell, who also bagged two pole positions in 2016, and set fastest lap at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps F1 circuit in Belgium, said.

“Last year was a fantastic debut season for both of us in sportscars, and we’re definitely looking to build on the success we delivered for the team.

“Ciaran and I work well together both in and out of the car, and we’ll be doing everything we can this season to make a serious challenge for the British GT4 Championship.”

Mitchell, who became the youngest-ever race winner in the championship last year, aged 16 years and 169 days, has attracted the backing of a number of sponsors.

While local companies Thorntons, Close Brothers, Stirfresh and SGM continue their support from last season, Mitchell now has additional backing from Christie Digital and Stampede Global, both of which operate on a worldwide stage.

“I’m really grateful for the support I have received from all the companies that are backing me,” Mitchell continued.

“Without their combined support I wouldn’t be able to race, and of course I have to say a big thank you to Black Bull Scotch Whisky and McLaren.

“It’s going to be great having two McLaren GT4 cars working together in the same team.

“We’ll be able to maximise the time we spend on-track during testing to ensure we deliver the best performances we can.”