Phil QuaifePhil Quaife will be back behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car this weekend (26-29 July) when the Blancpain Endurance Series visits Belgium for one of international motorsport’s biggest events: the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

The 26-year-old Briton, whose competition programme has largely taken a back seat in 2012 as he concentrates on official test driving duties for McLaren Automotive, will again link up with Lapidus Racing with whom he contested the previous Blancpain round at Paul Ricard last month.

In a Pro/Am class packed with genuine victory contenders Quaife can count on the experience, speed and support of three familiar faces in the guise of former CRS Racing team-mates Klaas Hummel, Adam Christodoulou and Tim Mullen.

Quaife is also able to call on the knowledge of racing an MP4-12C GT3 at Spa last season where he finished as the highest placed McLaren driver in what was one of the car’s first competitive outings.

Phil Quaife: “It’s great to be getting back behind the wheel of a racing car again after spending most of the season testing for McLaren Automotive. As well as being very grateful to them for allowing me to drive this weekend, I would also like to thank Lapidus Racing for offering me the seat. The MP4-12C GT3 has been developed considerably since it raced at Spa last season so I’ve got high expectations of recording a strong result.

“The Blancpain Endurance Series – and especially its Pro/Am class – is incredibly competitive this season. Even so, I think our driver crew stacks up very favourably compared to the opposition, especially when you consider how much experience we have from racing together previously. Klaas has come a long way since we first raced together, while Adam and Tim are top-line Pros in their own right.

“I really love racing at Spa and especially the 24 Hours. The week-long build-up and atmosphere are both similar to Le Mans and the action on-track is so intense. There are 70-plus GT3 cars entered this year which is an incredible number to have racing around a 4.3-mile circuit. I can’t wait!”

Live coverage of this weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa will be shown across Europe on Motors TV. Check local listings for details.

Total 24 Hours of Spa schedule:

Thursday 26 July:
09:40 – 11:10: Free Practice
18:05 – 19:35: Pre-Qualifying
20:30 – 21:45: Qualifying 1
22:15 – 23:30: Qualifying 2

Saturday 28 July:
09:00 – 09:20: Warm-up
16:00: Race Start

Sunday 29 July:
16:00: Chequered Flag

For more information on Phil Quaife, please visit www.philquaife.com