Barwell Motorsport has announced an ambitious programme for the 2019, entering Evo-spec Lamborghini Huracan GT3s into the British GT Championship and Blancpain Endurance Cup.
In the British GT Championship, one of the team’s two line-ups has also been confirmed as part of the announcement, Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker set to return for a second season with the team looking to build on their debut campaign in ’18. The other car, which this year was driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, will be a Pro-Am pairing featuring a Lamborghini factory. Jon Minshaw will not return to British GT, and instead race internationally.
“I was a complete racing novice just over a year ago, so it’s been a whirlwind last 12 months to go from that to an overall British GT podium finisher in my first ever full season of racing,” said De Haan.
“I have had great guidance from Jonny and the guys at Barwell, and they give me an environment where I can learn and keep improving, as well as really enjoy my racing. And next season I’m going to be gunning for race wins and hopefully a crack at the title!”
Cocker added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be continuing our British GT campaign together with Sam and Barwell Motorsport in the new Huracan GT3 Evo. It’s plain to see the development that Sam made during 2018, taking a podium at Brands Hatch being the highlight of our season.
“We knew that year one would be a learning year and year two we would be aiming for the title, and that’s exactly the mindset that we’re carrying into 2019. I can’t wait to get started!”
British GT has teased that further GT3 and GT4 entries will be announced before Christmas.
In the Endurance Cup meanwhile, the team will be defending its Blancpain Am Cup title with one car, and also continuing in the highly-competitive Silver Cup class with another. Am Cup Drivers Champions, Adrian Amstutz and Leo Machitski, will return to the fold for a crack at a second title in a row, alongside a third driver still to be confirmed.
The team’s Silver Cup Huracan will again feature 18-year-old up-and-coming Scottish driver, Sandy Mitchell, alongside two other ‘Silver’ drivers yet to be confirmed by the team.