McLaren Solus GT Revealed

19/08/2022 - MTC

Solus GT, based on the McLaren Ultimate Vision concept for Gran Turismo, revealed in USA - project managed by Fred.

I was finally able to confirm my involvement in the brilliant McLaren Solus GT project which had previously been top secret, and I was delighted to take part in the TopGear video to mark its public launch. I've driven this awesome car on the track and it is truly breath-taking!

TopGear video here

2022 GFOS: Co-driving with Sam Schmidt

26/06/2022 - Goodwood Festival of Speed

Fast Freddie co-drives with Sam Schmidt; read about Sam’s remarkable story and the technology that has allowed him to drive again.

In 2000, Sam, former Indycar driver and now co-owner of the Arrow McLaren SP Indycar team, suffered a huge crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando which severely damaged his spinal cord and left him quadriplegic. A few years ago, Arrow Electronics proposed a concept to Sam to allow him to drive again. “Only if I can go fast” was his response.

The system you now see in the McLaren 720s is an evolution of that concept and the product of years of hard work from the team at Arrow. Sam steers the car using only his head - three motion sensing infra-red cameras are mounted on the dashboard of the 720S to track the movement of Sam’s head. Acceleration and braking is achieved through a tube a in his mouth. He adds pressure to the tube (he puffs) to accelerate and reduces the pressure in the tube (he inhales) to brake.

Take a look at some onboard footage below from one of our runs over the weekend to see the awesome speed with which Sam takes the car up the hill at Goodwood. Although I'm sitting behind the wheel, I'm there merely for safety and as an ‘organic ESC system’, and it's Sam in the right hand seat who is completely controlling the car. We hit 125mph just after the footbridge and the same when crossing the finish line. It was truly astonishing to see up close how well Sam controls the car and how on the limit (and sometimes beyond!) he is. He is still a racer at heart and it’s his ultimate desire to just keep going faster.

Sam Schmidt GFOS 2022

2021 RD7&8: More bad luck at Nürburgring

07/11/2021 - Nürburgring

Two further DNFs to round out the year. An incident in race 1 put us out with a coolant leak and a puncture in race 2 just before the pit window put an end to that race

Following engine problems, our heroic mechanics took the car to the team's base in Frankfurt (2 hours away) for an engine change overnight, remarkably getting the car back to Nürburgring again for FP2 at 8.30 the following morning. A start position of grid 7 for the final race was really encouraging, and from another bumper grid we were running as high as 4th place before a puncture sadly curtailed our race.

2021 RD5&6: Battles and incidents at Hockenheim

24/10/2021 - Hockenheim

A tough weekend in Hockenheim with a P13 in race 1 and P16 in race 2 after running P4 on the very last lap

With a huge field of 32 cars at a circuit that historically does not favour McLaren, it was an exciting challenge. After a difficult start, posting times putting us around 20th in free practice, we made some important changes to the set-up of the car after analysing data and feedback. Coupled with new tyres for qualifying, we finished up on grids 6 and 7 for the two, hour-long races. We were making great progress!
Race 1 proved to be frustrating, however, with us unable to maintain our qualifying pace, finally finishing 13th. However, after more set-up changes, race 2 was another step forward. I started the last lap of the hour-long race running well in 4th place, but all that hard work was for nothing as I was rudely dispatched by the Porsche following some distance behind me. At the subsequent hearing before the stewards he was found guilty of driving recklessly and penalised, which of course was of no consolation or benefit to us and it sadly robbed us of a very good result. It was a great shame as the weekend had been so positive, but we now move on to the final round of the series at Nürburgring in Germany in a couple of weeks

2021 RD3&4: Double pole at RBR

13/06/2021 - Red Bull Ring

The first ever pole position for a steer-by-wire car was the highlight in a luckless weekend in Austria.

The pole position on Saturday morning at a sunny Red Bull Ring was the first ever recorded by a steer-by-wire car. Having made a good start in the race and leading at the halfway stage, pitting the car in P1, a temperature issue caused by a faulty fan meant we could not complete the second half after the driver change - DNF.
Another pole position followed on Sunday morning, however contact in the race with a Mercedes (who received a drive-through penalty) put an end to any chance of success with another DNF.

2021 RD1&2: Strong points finish in race 2

18/05/2021 - Oschersleben

The Basis Technologies McLaren GT4 car recorded a superb 4th place finish from a hugely competitive field of twenty-three GT4 cars at Oschersleben in Germany at the weekend, to record the best ever result for a McLaren on this circuit.

It was the first race of the season, with the added technical challenge of a new 'drive-by-wire' system of steering fitted to the car, where there is no physical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels.

There's still a great deal of development work to be done, but it's exciting to be involved with such new and innovative technology. I'd never driven a car with steer-by-wire previously, and had missed the opportunity to test prior to the race meeting because of some technical issues, so this was a great result for the team.

Changeable weather conditions made qualifying unpredictable, having to second-guess when to go for a time on a drying track, but a solid drive to 4th from 11th on the starting grid made it a successful start to the season for me and the Doerr Motorsport-run team.

The next race for the Basis McLaren is at Red Bull Ring, Austria, on 11-13th June, so fingers crossed for another good result at a circuit that saw me win for the team last year.

2021 return with Doerr Motorsport


Very happy to announce I'll be racing the Schaeffler-Paravan steer-by-wire McLaren GT4 car in selected rounds of ADAC GT4 Germany

Looking forward to being back with Doerr Motorsport and developing the steer-by-wire technology further.

A huge thanks again to my incredible partners, Basis Technologies and Alcon, and of course to everyone here at McLaren.

Oschersleben (14-16 May)

Red Bull Ring, Austria (11-13 June)

Nurburgring (6-8 Aug)

Hockenheim (22-24 Oct).

2020 Season Summary

Highlights from a successful 2020 season in the Basis Technologies McLaren GT4 with Dӧrr Motorsport

It’s been an extraordinary year with the Basis McLaren in one of the most competitive GT4 championships in the world. There have been some great highlights from the six race weekends, including the win at Red Bull Ring, three podiums, and qualifying top 3 in four of my six sessions. My two pole positions meant I was the only driver to achieve more than one pole this season, winning the Pirelli Pole Position Award on each occasion. With slightly more luck it could have been at least two more podiums and a higher championship position.

So a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone at Basis Technologies; I couldn't have done any of it without your incredible support. Thank you!

Thanks also to McLaren Customer Racing for their support throughout the year.

Thank you to all my followers and supporters and for all your messages of support; it really is appreciated!

And lastly, thank you to everyone at Dörr Motorsport; the effort that every single member of the team has put in during this compressed season has been truly amazing.

RD11&12: Pole again at Oschersleben

08/11/2020 - Oschersleben

We moved on to the sixth and final race weekend of the year, at Oschersleben

A replacement car was delivered from Doerr's Frankfurt workshop late on the Monday. This was last year's car with the experimental 'drive-by-wire' steering fitted. The team worked frantically to convert the car back to conventional steering in time for testing to start on Thursday. Oschersleben is not considered a 'McLaren circuit' and BOP was not favouring us. However, from 17th in first free practice (from the 20-car field), we had 4 short sessions to iron out the teething problems with the 'new' car, after which I was delighted to put our car on pole and win the Pirelli Pole Position Award again.

Race 1 at Oschersleben started well, and after some great racing, which included two safety car periods, I came in for our pitstop in 2nd place right on the tail of the leader. Phil subsequently emerged from the pits in 3rd place and was looking good before being taken out by a following Mercedes, which was penalised for his actions with a drive-through penalty, but our race was over.

For race 2, Phil qualified on grid 14, and handed over to me in 12th place, but some way back, so a 9th place finish was as good as we could have hoped for.

RD9&10: Bad luck in Lausitzring

01/11/2020 - Lausitzring

After the success of Red Bull Ring, we moved on to Lausitzring for two night races

P5 in the first race was a solid result, but the weekend ended abruptly when teammate Phil got caught up in someone else's accident on lap one of race 2 and was hit by a Mercedes and then T-boned by a KTM. Phil was fortunately OK, but the car wasn't so lucky and was written off.

Calendar update: Zandvoort removed


Zandvoort switched to Lausitzring in Germany; dates remain the same

RD8: P2 in race 2 at Red Bull Ring

18/10/2020 - Red Bull Ring

Another pole position and an excellent result considering the 7-second pitstop success penalty.

Another pole position, with Phil picking up his matching pair of skis. Phil settled in to the leading pack at the start of the race holding firm in P3 until the pit window. Fred took over and exited the pits in P8. Some tough and exciting battles later and Fred crossed the finish line in P2 a fantastic result to round off an excellent weekend in Austria.

The duo move up to 5th in the championship points but within touching distance of the top 3.

RD7: Winners at Red Bull Ring, Austria

17/10/2020 - Red Bull Ring

Pole position, fastest lap and a lights to flag win; perfect.

Having qualified pole Fred set off in the distance at the start of the race pulling out an 8 second advantage over the chasing pack. This gap was obliterated when the safety car was deployed for a stricken BMW, just before the pit window opened.

Still under safety car, Fred pitted for the driver change to Phil who resumed in the lead still behind the safety car.

Safety car in and it was a straight fight to the finish, with Phil fending off the pressure from the chasing Mercedes behind to take their first win of the GT4 series.

RD7: Pole at Red Bull Ring

17/10/2020 - Red Bull Ring

Fred picks up the Pirelli Pole Position Award

Fast Freddie qualified on Saturday morning for race 1 and put the Basis Technologies on pole position more than half a second ahead of the nearest rival. On a drying track the times were tumbling all the time. Fred found the grip to secure his first pole in 2020 and a rather nice set of Pirelli skis in the process.

RD6: P2 in qualifying and finally a race finish

03/10/2020 - Sachsenring

Fuel pick up issues sorted to finally pick up some decent championship points

An excellent qualifying left us starting P2 for race 2, splitting the two KTMs. The race pace did not quite match the qualifying pace however but we fought till the end to finish a credible P5. A finish of any sort was a huge relief.

RD5: History repeats after certain podium snatched away at Sachsenring

03/10/2020 - Sachsenring

This time just one lap from the end

Having qualified P3 for race 1, things were looking promising for a solid result in race 1 at Sachsenring. Phil started well and settled into P3. Seamless driver changeover and we stayed in P3 until just one lap from the end when suddenly I lost all power and coasted round to the finish line to finish a lowly P12 having been fully set for a P3 and a very satisfying podium.

RD3&4: A weekend to forget at Hockenheim

20/09/2020 - Hockenheim

Despite being set for a P3 finish in race 2, we leave Hockenheim trophy-less

Hampered by engine problems throughout the weekend, we were still unlucky not to secure another podium at Hockenheim.

Race 1 ended in a DNF after engine problems left us down on power for most of the race.

Race 2 was looking far more promising and with only two laps to go we were sitting a comfortable P3. However, fuel pick up issues put paid to a certain podium finish with us eventually crossing the finish line in a disappointing P8.

RD2: P5 in Race 2 at Nurburgring

16/08/2020 - Nurburgring

More championship points gained to leave us 4th in the standings

On Sunday morning I qualified the Basis McLaren P3 for race 2. Decent pace and a good position for the start.

However, in the race the set-up of the car wasn’t kind to the tyres, and lap times in the race were soon falling away, giving us a real fight to remain in the top points scoring positions (we were also hampered by a longer pit stop as a performance penalty for finishing on the podium in race 1 the previous day). So a P5 finish was a very good result in the circumstances. We will now go through all the data we have available to determine why this happened and ensure we can sort it for Hockenheim in a few weeks’ time.

Overall though, a very positive start to the season with a decent number of championship points to build on, and of course another trophy for the cabinet from race 1!

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie podium

RD1: P3 in Race 1 at Nurburgring

15/08/2020 - Nurburgring

From P3 on the grid we wrestled the damaged car home in P3.

Having started the race P3 we had high hopes. Teammate Phil Dӧrr made a good start and challenged for the lead into turn 1 but unfortunately sustained some steering damage after contact with the BMW. A loose toe link and bent hub caused the car to be very different in right hand corners to left hand corners, unstable under braking and with lots of vibration at high speed. It was a real fight therefore to bring the car home in P3 from a field of 20 cars with constant pressure from the Porsche and Mercedes behind, and a big relief.

Oschersleben Pre-season test

08/08/2020 - Oschersleben

Intensive 2 day pre-season test at Oschersleben complete.

Excellent progress made on the tight and twisty Oschersleben circuit in the east of Germany, venue for what will now be the season finale.

Fast Freddie Fred Martin-Dye Zandvoort GT4 McLaren

More calendar updates


The main change being Zandvoort move to end of Oct.

  1. Nurburgring, GER 14-16/08

  2. Hockenheim, GER 18-20/09

  3. Sachsenring, GER 04-04/10

  4. Red Bull Ring, AUT 16-18/10

  5. Zandvoort, NL 30/10-01/11

  6. Oschersleben, GER 06-08/11

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie Nurburgring

Calendar changes for 2020 ADAC GT4 Germany


With the ongoing global pandemic, more race dates have changed with the season now kicking off in August at Nurburgring.

  1. Nurburgring, GER 14-16/08

  2. Zandvoort, NL 21-23/08

  3. Hockenheim, GER 18-20/09

  4. Sachsenring, GER 04-04/10

  5. Red Bull Ring, AUT 16-18/10

  6. Oschersleben, GER 23-25/10

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie

Successful 2-day test in Barcelona. Paul Ricard cancelled


Fred completed a successful 2-day test in Barcelona, however the test two days later at Paul Ricard was cancelled.

Excellent progress was made in Barcelona preparing for the upcoming season. Times were falling throughout, after many miles on the brand new car.

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie

Fast Freddie signs for Dӧrr Motorsport for return to ADAC GT4 Germany in 2020


With the support of Basis Technologies, Fred will return to ADAC GT4 Germany with Doerr Motorsport again.

Fred will partner Phil Dӧrr in the coming season in the McLaren 570S GT4. The season will once again feature 12 races across 6 race weekends in Germany, Holland and Austria. There will be stiff competition from manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, BMW, KTM and Ginetta but Fred, Phil and the team are hoping for some strong results to add to the podiums achieved in 2019.

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie GT3 Valencia
Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie GT3 Valencia McLaren

GT3 test in Valencia with Teo Martin Motorsport


Successful (but very wet!) 2-day test in the McLaren 720S GT3 with Teo Martin Motorsport.

The rain did not dampen what was a very successful test with Teo Martin Motorsport. Freds first taste of GT3 machinery went flawlessly throughout, with lots learned and some very quick times.

Check out some onboard footage on the Videos page

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie McLaren Hockenheim

2019 Season Summary


Freds reflects on the ADAC GT4 2019 season

What a fantastic year 2019 was, thanks to the amazing support of Basis Technologies and McLaren. Returning to racing was something I didn’t think was possible just a year or so ago, so to do it with the company I work for still feels like a dream. Thank you to everyone at Basis Technologies & McLaren for making it possible, and to everyone who supported me in 2019.

Red Bull Ring, Austria, was just my second GT race meeting, and what an unforgettable weekend it was! P3 from 21st on the grid after being excluded from qualifying for disarming the auto fire extinguisher, after qualifying! And what a fantastic, nail-biting race it was. Danish teammate Thomas Krebs had a great first stint, and I managed to secure our podium place on the very last lap. The team and all our supporters present were understandably overjoyed. It was an incredible end to the weekend; what a feeling!

Nurburgring, Germany, was another highlight, with a second place race finish, which could have been a win after driving the race with an aircon problem, costing us around 7 tenths a lap.

Hockenheim, Germany, was memorable for the fantastic hospitality laid on by the Dorr Group at their Home of Speed facility at the race circuit, and it was so good to entertain sponsor Basis Technologies and their guests. The racing was sadly not so memorable; I don’t like to criticise BoP but when all 5 McLarens qualified at the bottom of both qualifying sessions (with no exception), the organisers have unfortunately got it wrong.

It really has been a privilege to represent both Basis Technologies and McLaren, on and off the track, in my first full season of racing, and I'm so excited about what the future will bring.

Fred Martin-Dye Fast Freddie McLaren Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of Speed


Fred drove the McLaren 600LT in the most famous hillclimb event in the world

With VIP guests Basis Technologies enjoying event hospitality, Fred drove the newly released McLaren 600LT Spider in one of its first public appearances.