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Career

Rob Bell is a professional racing driver who has been successfully competing across a range of sportscar categories and series, and one of the most accomplished GT drivers of his generation. Rob has won multiple races in GT3, GT2 and GTE competition, and following successes around the world at the wheel of a number of different machines, Rob was appointed McLaren Factory Driver in 2012.

Rob has campaigned at all blue riband endurance GT events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Spa, Daytona 24 Hours, Bathurst 12 Hour, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans.

Rob’s appointment as McLaren Factory Driver saw him involved in the development programme for the return to sportscar racing for the British marque with the 12C GT3 programme. Alongside the testing aspect of the role, Rob also campaigned the car with GT3 customer teams globally, continuing to race as a key part of the role which has fed in to each of the future projects.

2014 saw Rob working on both the development team for the new 650S GT3 and McLaren P1 GTR track cars, and the end of the 2014 season saw Rob in the line-up for the debut of the new McLaren GT3 contender at the Gulf 12 Hours event in Abu Dhabi. Rob, alongside teammates Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente took a podium finish as the team completed the 12-hour endurance race as the final part of the development programme.

From here, Rob enjoyed much success on track with the 650S GT3 with 2016 a particular highlight. During the season, Rob secured the Asian Le Mans title and the highly-coveted Blancpain Endurance Championship, as well as other key race results throughout the year. 2017 then saw Rob take the Pro-Am honours in the International GT Open championship with the 650S GT3.

Outside of his successes with McLaren in the GT3 ranks, Rob Bell finished runner-up in the Le Mans Series GTE Pro class standings and he also won the Le Mans Series GT2 class in 2007 and 2008.

In parallel to on track racing activities, Rob has most recently been involved in the development programmes for the 720S GT3 - new GT3 challenger from McLaren – alongside the McLaren Senna GTR. With his extensive and unrivalled experience of modern McLaren track cars, Rob has been instrumental in the development of the most track-focused models McLaren Automotive has ever built.

The 720S GT3 is now racing and winning with customer teams globally, and Rob took the first victory for the car on British soil during the 2019 British GT season finale at Donington Park.

Alongside the development and racing with McLaren, Rob also provides coaching and mentorship to drivers of all abilities, including coaching three recent Autosport McLaren BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award winners.

Career Highlights

2020

2020

2020

  • GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup: Optimum Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3
  • British GT Championship: Balfe Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3

2019

2019

2019

  • Rob and Shaun took the first win on British soil for the 720S GT3 with victory at the finale race of the season, Donington Park
  • Rob scored the debut pole position for the 720S GT3 in British GT at Brands Hatch
  • Rob debuted the 720S GT3 in the British GT championship
  • Senna GTR media launch

2018

2018

2018

  • 720S GT3 development programme
  • Senna GTR development programme

2017

2017 GT3

2017 GT3

  • International GT Open: Balfe Motorsport: Barcelona (3rd), Spa (P2), Estoril (Pole) - Pro-Am CHAMPIONS
  • Bathurst 12 Hours
  • Blancpain Endurance Series
  • Blancpain Sprint Series
  • Blancpain GT Series Asia

2016

2016 GT3 CHAMPION

2016 GT3 CHAMPION

  • Blancpain Endurance Cup: Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3 CHAMPION
  • Blancpain Sprint Series: Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3
  • British GT Championship: Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3
  • Asian Le Mans Series: Clearwater Racing, McLaren 650S GT3 CHAMPION
  • McLaren Factory Driver: McLaren 650S GT3

2015

2015 GT2 & GT3

2015 GT2 & GT3

  • McLaren Factory Driver: McLaren 650S GT3
  • Aston Martin Factory Driver: Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • Blancpain Endurance Series: Von Ryan Racing, McLaren 650S GT3
  • Blancpain Sprint Series: Attempto Racing, McLaren 650S GT3
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: Aston Martin Racing

2014

2014 GT3

2014 GT3

  • McLaren Factory Driver: McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • SRT Viper Factory Driver: SRT Viper GTS-R

2013

2013 LMP2, GT2 & GT3

2013 LMP2, GT2 & GT3

  • McLaren Factory Driver: McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • Aston Martin Factory Driver: V8 Vantage
  • Blancpain Endurance Series: Gulf Racing, McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • World Endurance Championship: Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Spa, Interlagos)
  • Petit Le Mans: Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM), HPD ARX-03b LMP2

2012

2012 GT & GT3

2012 GT & GT3

  • Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona: Paul Miller Racing, Porsche GT
  • Sebring 12 Hours: Paul Miller Racing, Porsche GT
  • Adu Dhabi 12 Hours: ASM, McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • Blancpain Endurance Series: Gulf Racing, McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • McLaren Factory Driver: McLaren MP4 12C GT3

2011

2011 GT2 & GT3

2011 GT2 & GT3

  • Le Mans Series: Runner-up (2 wins): JMW Motorsport, GT2 Ferrari 458
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: JMW Motorsport, GT2 Ferrari 458
  • Sebring 12 Hours: Extreme Speed Motorsports, GT2 Ferrari 458
  • 24 Hours of Spa: McLaren GT, McLaren MP4 12C GT3
  • Petit Le Mans: Extreme Speed Motorsports, GT2 Ferrari 458
  • Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona: GT Porsche

2010

2010 GT2

2010 GT2

  • Le Mans Series: JMW Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage GT2
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: JMW Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage GT2
  • Petit Le Mans: Robertson Racing, Ford GT2

2009

2009 LMP1 & GT2

2009 LMP1 & GT2

  • Le Mans Series: Runner-up: JMW Motorsport, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: JMW Motorsport, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • FIA GT: 3rd: CRS Racing, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • Sebring 12 Hours: Drayson Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT2
  • 24 Hours of Spa (2nd): CRS Racing, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • Petit Le Mans: Drayson Racing, Lola-Judd LMP1

2008

2008 GT2 & GTC

2008 GT2 & GTC

  • Le Mans Series: (4 wins): Virgo Motorsport, Ferrari F430 GT2 CHAMPION
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: Virgo Motorsport, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • FIA GT (2 wins): CR Scuderia, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • Sebring 12hrs: Tafel Racing, Ferrari F430 GTC
  • 24 Hours of Spa: CR Scuderia, Ferrari F430 GT2
  • American Le Mans Series (2 races): Risi Competizione, Ferrari F430 GT2

2007

2007 GT2

2007 GT2

  • Le Mans Series: (2 wins): Virgo Motorsport CHAMPION
  • Le Mans 24 Hours: Team LNT, Panoz Esperante GT2
  • FIA GT: Scuderia Ecosse, Ferrari 430 GT2

2006

2006 GT2

2006 GT2

  • Le Mans Series: 3rd (2 wins) with Team LNT, Panoz Esperante GT2

2005

2005 GT1

2005 GT1

  • GT1 LMES 1000km/6hrs of Nurburgring, Aston Martin DB9R (Winner)
  • GT & Sportscar testing

2004

2004 Renault V6 European

2004 Renault V6 European

  • Renault V6 European Championship with Dave Price Racing (5th)

1999-2003

1999-2003 Junior Single-Seaters

1999-2003 Junior Single-Seaters

  • 1999 Formula Vauxhall Championship (3rd)
  • 2000 British Formula Ford Championship (3rd)
  • 2000 Formula Ford Festival: World Cup Winner
  • 2001 Formula Renault Winter Championship: Winner (4 wins, 4 poles, 4 fastest laps and 2 lap records)
  • 2001 British Formula Ford Championship: 4th (Highest placed British driver)
  • 2002 Formula Renault Winter Championship: Winner
  • 2002 British Formula Renault Championship (4th)
  • 2003 Fran-Am Formula Renault Championship (3rd)

1996-1997

1996-1997 Karting

1996-1997 Karting

  • 1996 Belgian Formula ‘A’ Kart: Champion
  • 1997 European Formula ‘A’ Kart Championship (3rd)
  • 1997 World Cup, Japan (Top Dunlop Driver)

1991-1995

1991-1995 Karting

1991-1995 Karting

  • Honours include British Junior Champion, various regional titles

1990

1990 Karting

1990 Karting

  • Began racing in Cadet Karts