Optimum Motorsport retains GT4 lead despite BOP concerns

Optimum Motorsport Ginetta - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

A podium in double-header Snetterton round mean that Optimum Motorsport retained their lead in the GT4 standings ahead of the final round of the Pirelli British GT Championship.

The#50 Ginetta G55 GT4 of  Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson team considered the event to be an exercise in damage limitation due to the changes in Balance of Performance which favoured the Aston Martin runners.

Despite this, they qualified the Ginetta in second and fifth places for both races, but would had to contend with a seven-second success penalty.

They finished fifth in the first race, trailing the dominant Astons, but in the second race they kept up with the leading group.

Successful rearguard tactics and a swiftly executed driver-change propelled them up the leaderboard.

The Ginetta eventually finished second, behind the Beechdean Aston of Jack Bartholomew, a result which surprised Robinson and retained the GT4 championship lead.

“I never thought we’d be able to move that far forwards; we had a bit of fortune with other cars breaking down,” he said.

“The plan was to keep with the other Ginettas and do a bit of damage limitation as we head into the final round at Donington Park. It’s critical to be leading it now.”

Johnson and Robinson hold a two point lead over Bartholomew going into the final round at Donington.

Johnson hopes that changes will be made to the BOP, allowing them to defend their narrow lead.

He added: “The BOP was ridiculously in favour of the Aston Martins. Anybody in a Ginetta was unable to compete with an Aston or a McLaren because they were so much faster in a straight line. It was a big damage limitation exercise here and I hope the BoP will be looked at before the next round.”

The final round of the 2016 Pirelli British GT Championship at Donington Park is on 10-11 September.