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Johnson And O’Brien To Return With Balfe Motorsport For 2020. (18.12.19)

Balfe Motorsport has announced that the 2019 British GT Championship Pro-Am pairing of Graham Johnson and Michael O’Brien will return for the 2020 season, driving the #20 McLaren 570S GT4. Johnson and O’Brien finished runners-up in the Pro-Am standings last season.

Graham Johnson took the GT4 title in 2016 when he partnered with Mike Robinson in the #50 PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4. Michael O’Brien graduated from the McLaren Driver Development Programme in 2018, driving to second place in the GT4 Silver drivers standings in that year with teammate Charlie Fagg in the #4 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4.

Johnson and O’Brien are the first driver pairing of a two-car assault on the 2020 GT4 title for Balfe Motorsport and Graham Johnson is looking forward to the new season.

“I feel very fortunate to continue my partnership with Michael,” said Johnson. “He’s such a talent in the car and we’ve got a great relationship out of it. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and re-introduced me to karting for the first time in over 15 years!

“He’s also got me using a sim for the first time. Indeed, I’ve just invested in a sim for my home thanks to Michael’s influence.

Graham Johnson and Michael O’Brien’s #20 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 – Brands Hatch – August 2019 (Photo: British GT Championship)

“I plan to ensure that I come good on my promise (to help him get his first outright British GT4 win) at least once in 2020, plus I want to win another GT4 title. I’m confident that Michael and I will be fighting for the overall GT4 championship in 2020.”

Michael O’Brien has also got the title in his sights for the new season.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be continuing with Graham and Balfe Motorsport in 2020,” said O’Brien. “Missing out by just two points in 2018 and then finishing second in Pro-Am this season means I definitely feel like there’s unfinished business. I’m more motivated than ever to go one better in 2020.”

The 2020 British GT Championship season gets underway at Oulton Park on April 11 – 13.