Step up to GT3 for Robin­son/john­son

Autosport (UK) - - CLASSIFIEDS - JAMES NEW­BOLD

Balfe Mo­tor­sport’s Mclaren 650S GT3 will re­turn to Bri­tish GT for the first time since Spa with the team’s GT4 driv­ers Gra­ham John­son and Mike Robin­son step­ping up for the fi­nal round at Don­ing­ton Park.

Their place in Balfe’s Mclaren 570S GT4 will be taken by Adam Balon and

Ben Bar­ni­coat, who left fel­low Mclaren team Track­club af­ter fail­ing to com­plete any rac­ing laps at Spa in July with per­sis­tent en­gine is­sues.

John­son and Robin­son, the 2016 GT4 cham­pi­ons, have de­cided to eval­u­ate GT3 with a pos­si­ble view to con­test­ing the full sea­son in 2019 af­ter a try­ing sea­son in GT4.

Both driv­ers sam­pled the 650S GT3 in test­ing last week, but only man­aged 25 laps be­tween them. Given the lack of prepa­ra­tion, John­son said it would be “in­sane” to draw any con­clu­sions about his 2019 plans based on Don­ing­ton, but was look­ing for­ward to test­ing him­self against the es­tab­lished GT3 Ams. “We’ve got noth­ing to lose,” said John­son, a win­ner at Don­ing­ton last year in GT4. “We’re be­ing thrown in at the deep end, but we wouldn’t go into it if we didn’t think we could be com­pet­i­tive.

“A podium would be spec­tac­u­lar, but I don’t think it’s out of the ques­tion. We’ve been at this a long time; Mike and I are one of the long­est es­tab­lished pair­ings on the grid and I’ve never been hap­pier in a team than I am at Balfe.”

Balfe Mclaren will re­turn

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