Am­a­teur ti­tle is good for series

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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.”

Op­ti­mum: cham­pi­ons

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