2016 GT4 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson have announced that they will race in the GT3 class for the season finale of the 2018 British GT Championship at Donington Park on September 23.
Johnson and Robinson will take over the Balfe Motorsport McLaren 650S GT3, previously campaigned in 2018 by Shaun Balfe and Rob Bell.
Johnson and Robinson are excited at the prospect of racing in the premier category, possibly preceding a move into the GT3 class for 2019.
“When you’ve spent almost four years watching, being overtaken by and drooling over GT3 exotica from the cabin of your GT4, it’s perhaps inevitable that one day the temptation to race in the top league will prove too much!” said Johnson.
“Everything fell into place for the guest appearance,” continued the 2016 GT4 champion. “Balfe had a McLaren GT3 going spare, and Mike and I can’t feature in the top-two of the GT4 championship for the first time since we started competing in British GT, so we’ve nothing to lose by jumping ship and everything to gain because, yes, we are evaluating GT3 with a view to potentially making the jump for the 2019 season.”
“We’re not expecting to be on pole at Donington but, at the same time, we’ve never turned up just to make up the numbers. As the race draws closer, Mike and I are like kids looking forward to Christmas Day, but when the lights go out, we’ll be looking for a decent result.”
Track action for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship gets underway for FP1 at 09:40 at Donington Park on Saturday September 22 with the lights going out for the two-hour race at 13:35 on Sunday September 23.