McLaren continues its drive to develop future racing talent with confirmation of the drivers who will participate in its Driver Development Programme.


McLaren Automotive continues its drive to develop future racing talent with confirmation of the drivers who will participate in its 2019 Driver Development Programme (DDP). Introduced for 2018, the initiative is designed to support and nurture young, up-and-coming GT drivers, providing a base for a career in motorsport.

The successful candidates who will join the McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme for 2019 are James Dorlin, Jordan Collard and Josh Smith. They will be teaming up with 2018 DDP member, Lewis Proctor, who remains in the programme for a second season. The DDP Programme is designed to help drivers gain valuable experience both on and off the track, with a view to develop the next generation of McLaren Automotive Factory Drivers to compete in endurance racing.

The four 2019 DDP drivers will receive performance assessments and evaluations throughout the season, alongside an individually tailored programme designed to ensure measurable performance improvement. With access to a range of professionals from across the McLaren business, including the support and mentoring from the factory drivers, each member of the programme will receive guidance in PR, marketing and sponsorship as well as valuable insights into fitness and nutrition assessments, data and telemetry management and understanding, as well as contract management.