2016 British GT Champion Derek Johnston will make his final appearance in the Championship next weekend after announcing his retirement from motorsport.
Johnston was the very first winner of the Sunoco Daytona Challenge, back in 2010 after earning his spot through his performances in Radical competition. He ran with Doran Racing in their Gen 2 Dallara Ford Daytona Prototype.
The Donington Park British GT season finale will be Johnston’s 57th race in the Championship. the stretch going back to the opening round of 2013 when the now 56-year-old made his debut at Oulton Park aboard a MTECH Ferrari.
Johnston also made appearances in MTECH’s Ginetta and a Triple Eight BMW but it’s with TF Sport and Aston Martin that he’s best known.
Indeed, the combination has yielded six wins since their first at Donington Park in 2015 as well as the following season’s Drivers’ title alongside Jonny Adam. The pair also won there 12 months ago during their last appearance together.
“TF Sport are just like family, I’ll miss them and it will be sad for sure at the end in Donington,” he said. “TF are such good friends, but I know that I’ll stay friends with them all.
“I’ve loved British GT and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the paddock and the professionalism, but I have nothing left to prove there and most importantly, I have nothing to prove to myself because I have achieved far more than I ever thought I would.
“I made the decision to retire from racing earlier in the year and I’ve not regretted that. I’m sure I’ll test cars again, but I’m stopping racing and I’m happy to stop.”
Johnston’s racing CV also features GT Cup and Radical titles, as well as multiple bike racing accolades.