Step up to GT3 for Robinson/johnson
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