The McLaren 650S GT3 takes a Podium at the Gulf 12 Hour

After a long and intense period of testing, the McLaren 650S GT3 has been signed off by McLaren GT. The 650S GT3's hard earned sign off comes after achieving a podium position at its hardest test - the Gulf 12 hour endurance race.

The incredibly grueling 12 hour event is split into two separate six hour races and is hailed as one of the hardest endurance races on the Motorsport calendar.

Competing against competitive and established racing cars the two 650S GT3's managed to take 3rd and 12th position overall.

Car 59, driven by works drivers - Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente, battled within the top three positions for the duration of both of the six hour events.

Putting on a great performance, the 650S GT3 was fast throughout the second race; with Estre consistently being the fastest man on track. A safety car period, 30 minutes before the end of the race, ensured that spectators and teams were in for a tense final period; chasing down the leaders, Estre got within 5.751s of first position.

Andrew Kirklady, Managing director of McLaren GT, commented on the car's performance saying:

"What a fantastic race! Both cars were on the pace, and competitive in class, and it really went down to the wire. There were close battles all the way through the field, and the last few hours were some of the most exciting racing you could wish for. For us, this event was the final stage in a rigorous development plan designed to push the cars to the limit before deliveries to customers for the 2015 season, so it is a real credit to the teams that we brought both cars home with no issues. To secure a podium with the 650S GT3 on its debut is a huge bonus for us."