Jenson Team Rocket RJN will be competing in the upcoming Intelligent Money British GT Championship with their McLaren 720S GT3. The car will be piloted by Michael O’ Brien who steps up from GT4 and will be partnered by James Baldwin who steps up from the world of eSports as the 2019 World’s Fastest Gamer.
The RJN run team were planning to race in GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS as part of Baldwin’s 2019 WFG e-sports prize however the focus has switched to British GT due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
James Baldwin competed in 2019 e-sports with Veloce and Team GB, whom he represented in last year’s FIA Motorsport Games. However, he is not a complete novice with the 22-year-old having also competed in Formula Ford along with an appearance at 2019’s Race Of Champions where he was also crowned eROC champion.
“I have to wait an extra couple of weeks to go racing, but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Baldwin. “I should have already completed three races so far this year, but when I look at my new schedule, I’m massively excited. I’m going to get so many more race laps under my belt, which will fast track my development this year.
“I can’t wait to get started with Mike. I have a big learning curve ahead, but we really want to give the Silver Championship the best shot.”
Michael O’ Brien spent 2019 and 2018 in GT4 with Graham Johnson finishing second in Pro-Am in 2019 and missing out on the drivers title by 2 points in 2018.
“It’s a real honour to be joining Jenson Team Rocket RJN for the Intelligent Money British GT Championship,” said O’Brien. “With that comes the added excitement of moving up to the GT3 category and racing for overall honours in 2020. With the first round fast approaching we’re facing a steep learning curve, but I’ve already integrated well with the team and it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to taking on.”
For RJN it’s a return to the championship where they won the GT3 Silver Cup title with Struan Moore in 2018 after previously running Nissan’s GT Academy winners Jann Mardenborough and Wolfgang Reip.
“We are all certainly looking forward to going racing again,” said team principal Bob Neville. “As a team, we have always been a huge supporter of GT World Challenge Europe but given the unusual circumstances of this year it makes complete sense for us and our partners to make a return to the British Championship.
“RJN last raced in British GT in 2018 and we are looking forward to returning with the McLaren 720S GT3 and our partners in the World’s Fastest Gamer.”
Picture and quotes courtesy of SRO.