The 28 year-old from Warwick will partner Jack Mitchell in the team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3, as Macmillan Racing expands its programme, to include the Championship’s premier class.
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” beamed Team Principal David Macmillan. “James has a wealth of experience to bring to Macmillan Racing and being able to add him to our GT3 line-up is certain to bring massive benefits, as we make our debut in the class.”
“The British GT Championship is arguably the country’s most competitive racing series,” said James Littlejohn, “and one I’ve been eager to have a crack at. Macmillan Racing may be a new team but they’ve already proved they have what it takes and with the full back-up of Aston Martin Racing for 2017, I know we have the potential to spring a few surprises on the regular front-runners. The team was really welcoming when we tested together and it immediately felt like home. I can’t wait!”
Littlejohn started off in single-seaters, racing Formula Ford, Formula Renault and Asian Formula 3, before discovering Radicals. In the lightweight sports-racers, he’s claimed both the UK Cup and European Masters titles (in 2012 and 2016 respectively.) He has also previously dipped his toes in the British GT waters – racing a Brookspeed Viper in 2007 – and has a wide and varied portfolio.
James has carved out a burgeoning Historic racing career for himself, in a mouthwatering selection of machinery: BMW CSL “Batmobile’, LEC-Cosworth Formula 1, Lola T70 and Ford GT40, to name but a few.
James’ connections also led to him being hired as one of the stunt drivers in ‘Rush’, the Hollywood re-telling of the 1976 Formula 1 battle, between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
In addition, James has raced current LMP2 machinery, for both Greaves Motorsport and Murphy Prototypes, in the European Le Mans Series, adding yet another layer to his experience.
“It’s James’s speed over such a variety of different equipment,” reckons David Macmillan, “that’s the key benefit for us. If you can win the Spa 6Hrs in a GT40, handle a ‘70s Cosworth F1 car and lead an ELMS race in an LMP2 car, you clearly have a lot going for you and his experience as a driver coach is also going to be of massive benefit, as he partners Jack.
“It’s great to be heading into the Christmas break with our GT3 line-up cemented in place. With James and Jack, I believe we have a great partnership, which will help Macmillan Racing go from strength to strength.
“We’re not deluding ourselves… we know GT3 is going to be hugely competitive in 2017, with more new cars coming and different line-ups to be announced. But with the help of Aston Martin Racing and what we already have in place, I firmly believe we have what it takes to be right amongst the front-runners.”
Macmillan Racing’s 2017 line-up now comprises James Littlejohn and Jack Mitchell in the GT3 Aston Martin, with Will Phillips already signed to drive the team’s GT4 Vantage V8. The squad’s fourth and final driver will be announced soon.