O’Brien joins Optimum Motorsport for two-car British GT Championship GT4 challenge
Optimum Motorsport are pleased to confirm that it will field two new generation Aston Martin GT4s in the 2019 British GT Championship with Ginetta racer Connor O’Brien stepping up from GT5 competition.
After making his circuit racing debut in 2017, Connor returned to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge for a second season of competition this year with Optimum Motorsport. The season proved to be a strong one as Connor finished all but one round of the championship, recording seven top-six results along the way to be classified a solid sixth in the championship standings.
Connor, who has been mentored and coached by Adam Christodolou, is now looking forward to getting to grips with the new Vantage GT4 as the British GT Championship gets underway next April at Oulton Park.
“I’m looking forward to starting our testing programme next year and getting to work with the Aston Martin,” Connor said. “It’s also great to continue with Optimum Motorsport and I’m looking forward to working with my new teammate, even though I don’t know who that is yet!
"The AMR Young Driver Academy is obviously very interesting to me, but I also know that the early part of the season at least will be something of a learning curve. I hope to be at the sharp end as soon as possible, getting solid finishes and making progress race by race.”
For Team Principal Shaun Goff, it is particularly satisfying that the link between Ginetta competition and the British GT Championship with the new GT4 is paving the way for one of his young drivers to move into the series.
“It’s good that we can announce Connor at the first available opportunity,” stated Goff. “It’s an exciting new programme for us and it’s a pleasure to have Connor moving up from Ginetta racing to the British GT Championship and remaining part of the team.
“Connor has developed well over the last two years. He’s still just 18-years of age and is a driver with lots of potential that we are keen to tap. 2019 may be learning season at this level, but we look forward to building together and maximising opportunities that come our way.”With one seat confirmed, Optimum Motorsport are now keen to engage with other drivers who are interested in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 programme in 2019.