Jenson Button’s GT team switches to McLaren machinery

Button's team will compete in 2020 GT World Challenge Europe

Jenson Button’s GT team Jenson Team Rocket RJN has switched to McLaren machinery ahead of the upcoming GT World Challenge Europe Campaign.

Button partnered with RJN last year, with the team switching from a Honda vehicle to the McLaren 720S GT3 for the Endurance Cup leg of the GTWCE season.

The team has yet to confirm which drivers will are set to compete for the team this season, with RJN owner and team principal Bob Neville confirming talks are ongoing.

“It is exciting to confirm that Jenson Team Rocket RJN will be campaigning the 720S GT3 and racing with McLaren this season,” the former Formula 1 world champion said.

“We go into the season full of confidence with a team boasting huge experience and a car which has already proven itself as a race winner.”

Button raced with McLaren between 2010 and 2017 in F1, but won his lone world championship with Brawn F1 in 2009.

Despite being supplied by McLaren, the team’s livery looks to have been inspired by the iconic 2009 Brawn.

Neville added: “We weren’t really in a position to continue with Honda and we were lucky enough to be able to strike this deal. We’re dead chuffed: the car looks lovely and has undergone a huge amount of development.”

The name Jenson Team Rocket comes from Button’s late father John, who ran the Rocket Motorsport karting squad, a team that Button and Lewis Hamilton drove for as juniors.

The team will likely remain in the Silver Cup class this season, although Neville explained they could run in the Pro-Am class.

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William Dodds

Freelance sports journalist based in London.

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