McLaren’s 12C GT3 will see action for the first time next weekend at one of the most challenging events on the motorsport calendar, the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours race.

Represented by the 2013 Australian GT champions VIP Petfoods, this marks the start of the first full-season attack in Australia with the 12C GT3, which takes place 7-9 February, among a grid of more than 40 cars.

This famous Australian endurance race, takes place around the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, in New South Wales, Australia.

Father-and son duo Tony and Klark Quinn will share the driving seat with McLaren GT Managing Director, Andrew Kirkaldy.  Although primarily focused on running McLaren GT, the Scotsman boasts an impressive driving resumé with a successful history in GT racing. He won the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, secured the British GT Championship title in 2005, and claimed a podium finish in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year. He has also extensively tested the 12C GT3 throughout its development, racing at key events across Europe during the 2010 season.

“I am delighted that VIP Petfoods will contest the full Australian GT calendar this year, and I am honoured to join the team for the debut of the 12C GT3 at the Bathurst 12 Hours. I am really looking forward to racing alongside Tony and Klark, and would like to thank them for the opportunity to be involved. It is such an iconic race, and one I have always dreamt of taking part in,” said McLaren GT Managing Director, Andrew Kirkaldy.

The 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours race kicks off at 06:15 EST (GMT +10hrs) on Saturday 8 February.