Derek Johnston who, with TF Sport and teammate Jonny Adam, won the 2016 British GT Championship GT3 Drivers Championship title, is to retire after the final round of the season at Donington Park.
Johnston has admitted that a little of the driving motivation that saw him take the premier GT championship title two years ago has left him and that, after selling his business, MSW (UK) Ltd, and retiring, he is content to step away from racing.
“There is more than one reason why I’m retiring,” said Johnston. “I’ve sold the business, retiring from MSW and I’m very happy with my life away from racing. I no longer have the fire in my belly and racing is now a chore rather than a pleasure. I think that’s worth half a second a lap.”
“I like John Gaw (Managing Director Motorsport at Prodrive), I like Aston Martin Racing, they’re a great organisation and TF Sport are just like family, ” continued Johnston. “I’ll miss them and it will be sad for sure at the end in Donington. TF are such good friends but I know I’ll stay friends with them all.”
“Derek Johnston was our first headline signing at TF Sport,” said Team Director Tom Ferrier. “As a driver he has evolved with us as a team and we are very happy to have helped him win the championship in 2016. Derek is a racer at heart and we will miss him!”
The final round of the 2018 British GT Championship takes place at Donington Park on Sunday September 23.