Amateur title is good for series
Optimum Motorsport pairing Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson hope that their British GT4 title this year can be a shot in the arm for more amateur pairings to enter the championship in the future.
Johnson and Robinson secured the GT4 division title with a podium finish in their Ginetta G55 at Donington Park, ending Beechdean AMR’S run of two successive class championships with Aston Martin.
Both Johnson and Robinson are amateur drivers, rated bronze and silver respectively. Johnson said he hoped winning the title would encourage more amateurs to try British GT.
“To be honest I think us winning the championship is exactly what British GT needed,” he said. “In previous years the title has been won by near works teams with rising star drivers that are well-funded, and as an amateur driver looking in that’s very intimidating to see what you’re up against.
“We’ve proven amateur pairings can beat them now. British GT has always been about Pro-am, but Am-am can win too. Hopefully this will open the door for more pairings like us to come and have a shot as it’s a superb championship.”