Barwell Mortorsport have confirmed their line up for the 2016 British GT Championship.
LIAM GRIFFIN JOINS BARWELL MOTORSPORT FOR BRITISH GT TITLE ASSAULT
British GT front-runner, Liam Griffin, will continue in the Championship in 2016, when he will join reigning Teams Champions Barwell Motorsport to campaign one of their new Lamborghini Huracan GT3s.
Griffin finished fourth in the 2015 standings (with partner Rory Butcher) aboard a Motorbase Aston Martin Vantage GT3, taking two victories along the way at Oulton Park and Snetterton, and proved to be one of the fastest Bronze-graded ‘Am’ drivers in the series. He has previously competed in the VW Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and the BTCC, and made his British GT debut in 2014. In 2015 he also contested the FIA World Endurance Championship rounds at Fuji and Shanghai, aboard a factory Aston Martin Vantage V8 in the LMGTE Am division.
Liam will be joined in the Barwell Lamborghini by two ‘superstar’ Pro driver team-mates, who will split the season between them, with Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver, Fabio Babini, contesting the first three rounds at Brands Hatch, Rockingham and Oulton Park, and then Barwell’s ‘stalwart’ of the last two BGT seasons, Alexander Sims, taking over for rounds four to seven at Silverstone, Spa, Snetterton and Donington Park. Whilst Italian Babini is new to Barwell, Sims has partnered Marco Attard in the Barwell-run Ecurie Ecosse British GT entry for the last two seasons, and produced some stunning performances at the wheel of the team’s BMW Z4 GT3. Babini has had a glittering career in GT racing, having been a previous FIA GT Champion and claimed a GT class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours along the way. In 2015 he has been the chief development driver for the new Huracan GT3, and contested the Blancpain Endurance Series as part of the factory team.
Minshaw/Keen to contest 2016 British GT in Barwell Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Front-running duo Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will be continuing in the British GT Championship in 2016, as they enter into a second year with reigning Team’s Champion, Barwell Motorsport. However the Demon Tweeks-backed pairing will be swapping the BMW Z4 GT3 they campaigned in 2015 for one of Barwell’s stunning new Lamborghini Huracans.
Having suffered dreadful luck in the first half of this year’s British GT season, Minshaw and Keen were unable to post a challenge for the 2015 title, although they clearly demonstrated that they had the pace to do so. However a strong run of three podium finishes in the second half of the season put them sixth in the final standings, and they are now well positioned to post a serious threat for next year’s crown. Jon and Phil’s car will be entered under the banner of ‘Barwell Motorsport racing with Demon Tweeks’.
Minshaw has already sampled the Huracan GT3 when he recently tested one of this year’s factory cars at Vallelunga, and immediately got to grips with the V10-engined machine. The Barwell Motorsport team will be giving the car its UK debut next year, and is receiving significant factory support from Lamborghini Squadra Corse.