Optimum Motorsport team principal Shaun Goff is confident in the speed of the #501 McLaren 570S of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson heading into the penultimate round of the campaign at Brands Hatch.
The reigning GT4 champions finished third of the points-scorers in race two of the international double-header at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight ago, and will be looking to record a maiden win of the season at the Kent circuit in August.
Disappointing early season speed heralded a manufacture change for Optimum Motorsport after Snetterton, switching from the Ginetta G55 to the McLaren heading into the three-hour Silverstone 500 event at the campaign’s midway stage.
However it was only in Belgium that the team eventually found the performance they’d been seeking, with Johnson and Robinson surging from the back of the grid to third spot in race one. Race-ending contact with the Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the final chicane halted the Optimum duo’s upwards charge, summarising a difficult and testing season for the winless pairing so far.
A sublime second-race effort saw Johnson and Robinson make up 14 positions to claim fourth overall in GT4, and third of the category’s eligible points-scorers, a first top-three finish since Oulton Park for Optimum.
Heading into the final two rounds of the season third in the drivers’ standings, Optimum Motorsport team principal Goff is hoping the team’s Spa successes carry over as the series returns to Britain.
“[Spa-Francorchamps] wasn’t a bad result at all considering the problems we had in qualifying,” Goff said.
“Perhaps it’s a case of what might have been, but there are lots of positives to take from the race weekend.”
With the drivers’ title seemingly out of reach, Johnson and Robinson will be looking to maintain their 29-point lead in the Pro/Am standings ahead of the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren.