Walkinshaw renews with Panther
Autobacs Super GT Championship racer Sean Walkinshaw will remain in the category with Panther ARTO Team Thailand for 2020, staying on for a second season with the squad in the GT300 series at the wheel of a Lexus RC-F GT3.
The 26-year-old from Chipping, heads into his fourth year in the renowned championship where he became Vice-Champion of the GT300 class in 2018. Walkinshaw, who has dual Scottish and Belgian nationality, will partner Thailand’s Nattapong Horthongkum and is determined to put together a strong season with a full year of experience aboard the Lexus under his belt. The target for the new campaign is to be consistently in the top 10 throughout the eight-round championship, and Panther ARTO Team Thailand will also draft in a third driver for selected races.
Once again, Super GT – which will be contested across six races in Japan and one each in Thailand and Malaysia – is expected to feature an immensely competitive grid with around 40 cars combined across the GT500 and GT300 classes.
“It’s fantastic to be back in Super GT again this year with Panther ARTO Team Thailand, the team has worked unbelievably hard on the car over the winter break and I’m sure we’ll have a competitive package for the new season”, said Walkinshaw, “Last year wasn’t as strong as we’d hoped, but we’re all focused on making big strides forward. I obviously have a full year of experience in the Lexus now, it’s a very different car to the BMW I’d raced in Super GT during the previous two seasons. I’m not setting any major goals, but we are aiming to be consistently in the top 10 and to make good progress as the championship unfolds.”
Okayama International Circuit is scheduled to host the curtain-raiser to the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Championship over the weekend 11th/12th April. Before then, Okayama is set to be the venue for a two-day official pre-season test this coming weekend, 14th/15th March.