James Littlejohn has been announced as the partner to Jack Mitchell in the Macmillan Racing team. The pair will line-up for the 2017 British GT Championship in the GT3 Class.
After a season in GT4, in which Macmillan finished seventh overall, the team has expanded its operations to the upper echelons of national GT racing. Having already confirmed Mitchell, the team go into the Christmas period confident of their line-up for next season.
“The British GT Championship is arguably the country’s most competitive racing series and one I’ve been eager to have a crack at,” said Littlejohn.
The 28-year-old won the Radical European Masters title in 2016 and will hoping to make a spectacular return to the series having raced a Viper Competition Coupe GT3 in 2007.
Winning the 6 Hours of Spa, coupled with a national Radicals title from 2012 and ELMS outings should make Littlejohn more than qualified for the seat as he’ll look to quickly get assimilated into the championship amongst his more experienced competitors.
“Macmillan Racing may be a new team but they’ve already proved they have what it takes and with the full back-up of Aston Martin Racing for 2017, I know we have the potential to spring a few surprises on the regular front-runners.
“The team was really welcoming when we tested together and it immediately felt like home. I can’t wait!” he concluded.
Littlejohn and Mitchell will be racing an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with team principal David Macmillan putting faith in the pair.
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Macmillan started. “James has a wealth of experience to bring to Macmillan Racing and being able to add him to our GT3 line-up is certain to bring massive benefits, as we make our debut in the class.
“We’re not deluding ourselves… we know GT3 is going to be hugely competitive in 2017, with more new cars coming and different line-ups to be announced. But with the help of Aston Martin Racing and what we already have in place, I firmly believe we have what it takes to be right amongst the front-runners.”
Mitchell himself steps up from the GT4 team with his place being taken by William Phillips. The second GT4 driver is yet to be announced.