Johnson joined by O’brien
Former British GT4 champion Graham Johnson has rejoined Balfe Motorsport to drive a Mclaren 570S GT4 next year, but has split with long-time co-driver Mike Robinson and will team up with Mclaren Driver Development Programme graduate Michael O’brien.
It ends a long partnership between Johnson and Robinson, who raced together in endurance karting events in the early 2000s and have paired up in British GT since ’15, winning the ’16 GT4 title before adding the Pro-am crown in ’17. They took one win this year at Brands Hatch.
“I would be surprised if we didn’t team up again in the future,” said Johnson. “We’re great friends and we have fun racing together, but at some point you have to set yourself new challenges.
“I’ve got to learn how to work with someone new. I’ve worked so long with Mike that to work with someone else is going to be a real challenge, but it’s genuinely exciting to partner with Mclaren and work with one of their rising stars.”
Historic Formula Ford graduate O’brien moves across from Tolman Motorsport, where he finished third in his debut season with fellow Silver-graded driver Charlie Fagg. In addition to the Pro-am title, O’brien is targeting another run at the outright championship, having missed out by just two points to Jack Mitchell.
“Coming so close this year was very disappointing, so hopefully we can go those couple of places better next season,” said O’brien.