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O’BRIEN STILL HAS SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Michael O’Brien will once again contest the British GT Championship, returning in 2020 to share a Balfe Motorsport’s McLaren 57OS GT4 with Graham Johnson write Colin and James Becket.

The duo finished second in the 2019 Pro/Am standings but were unable to score an overall GT victory.

Nevertheless, a number of near misses mean both drivers are confident of challenging for the Pro/Am and overall  GT4 titles in 2020.

The Balfe Motorsport team are to enhance their GT4 programme in the British GT Championship that starts at Oulton Park in April and Johnson explains: “The expanded team will help us cover more ground in terms of exploring setups, plus it’ll give me and Michael a new and more immediate benchmark to compete against,” he said.  “I feel very fortunate to continue my partnership with Michael.

“He’s such a talent in the car and we’ve got a great relationship out of it.

“He pushes me out of my comfort zone.  He’s also got me using a sim for the first time.  Indeed, I’ve just invested in a sim for my home thanks to Michael’s influence.”

Helmdon’s O’Brien, a graduate of the McLaren Automobile Motor Driver Development Programme, is also feeling bullish about Balfe’s GT4 chances.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be continuing with Graham and Balfe Motorsport in 2020,” he said.

“Missing out on the title by just two points in 2018 and then finishing second in the 2019 Pro/Am season means I definitely feel like there’s unfinished business.

“I’m more motivated than ever to go one better in 2020”.

He added: “Both myself and Graham are fully focused on all areas and I have a good feeling that we’ll hit the ground running next season.

 “We can’t wait to start testing soon.”

The Brackley & Towcester Advertiser 03 January 2020

 

 

 


 

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