Wakefield’s Optimum Motorsport returned to the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at the weekend (26-27 September) at Silverstone and dominated the ‘AM’ class, with Graham Johnson taking pole by half a second and winning the second race from the back of the grid.
Continuing the good form that brought Surrey-based racer and regular driving partner Mike Robinson the 2015 British GT4 Vice Champion title, Johnson took to the Michelin tyres and ‘SuperCup’ set-up of his regular Ginetta G55 with apparent ease, driving a succession of faultless laps to record a 59.153 tour of the 1.64-mile Silverstone National Circuit, finishing twelfth overall and a massive 0.588s over his nearest ‘AM’ rival, Colin White.
After a mechanical issue brought race one to an early end for the pole man, race two was a complete turnaround. Following a scorching start, Johnson was up to sixteenth overall at the end of the first lap, before climbing two places on the next lap.
Johnson dropped a pair of place on lap eight, and then spent the next ten laps embroiled in a thrilling ‘AM’ class battle, eventually getting back on level terms and taking thirteenth place with six laps left to run.
As he crossed the line for a final time, Johnson was the ‘AM’ winner, holding off the pacey Irishman Connaire Finn with a half a second cushion at the flag.
Having enjoyed his debut in the SuperCup at Silverstone, Johnson is now considering a return for the final race weekend (10-11 October) of the year at his local circuit, Brands Hatch, where he will go head-to-head with driving partner, Robinson, who will take part in the ‘PRO’ category.