Barwell Motorsport is returning to the newly titled GT World Challenge Europe (previously known as the Blancpain GT Series), with a two-car squad of Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos in the 2020 Endurance Cup.
The 2018 and 2019 Am Cup Drivers and Teams Endurance Champions will again be fielding an Am car as part of its squad, with Leo Machitski returning to defend his title and also go for the hat-trick of Drivers Championship crowns!
Joining Leo for all the rounds except the Spa 24 Hours will be his fellow two-time Am Cup Drivers Champion and multi-season Barwell driver, Adrian Amstutz despite an earlier announcement that he would be stepping away from the Series.
Having won the Spa 24 Hours in 2018 and finished runner-up in the classic Belgian race last year, however, he has decided that he has nothing left to prove in this event and will relinquish his seat in the Huracan to Richard Abra. The British driver will again return for a one-off appearance in the Barwell Am car line-up, as he has done very successfully over the last couple of years.
A significant new full-season signing though will be 2019 IMSA Bob Akin Award winner Richard Heistand.
The Floridian driver made his ‘Blancpain’ debut at last year’s Spa 24 Hours with Strakka Racing and claimed a ProAm class podium. 2019 saw Heistand claimed a pole position and two race victories in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship’s GTD class with AIM Vasser Sullivan Racing in the Lexus RCF GT3 alongside teammate Jack Hawksworth.
Leo Machitski: “It’s great to welcome Richard Heistand into our driver line-up, plus to get back my great friend and long-time team-mate, Mr Amstutz, for four of the races is fantastic! Once again with our Lambo Huracan Evo, Barwell team, and drivers across the season, we have a great package. I feel fitter and stronger than ever and can’t wait to get started on our quest to defend our title.”
Adrian Amstutz: “Last season I took the decision to step back from competing in the 24 hours of Spa and therefore the series. Before the celebrations had even ended over our second Am title, Leo asked me if I would come back and do the other four GT World Challenge Europe endurance races with him in 2020, and I didn’t take much persuading! I love the racing in this series and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel and try and help both Leo and Barwell secure a third successive title.”
Richard Heistand: “To be asked to join a championship-winning team alongside a championship-winning driver pairing is something I am really proud of and I’m grateful to Leo, Adrian and the team for giving me this opportunity. Whilst this is my first year driving the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, I am competing in the 2020 NAEC races in IMSA in the Lambo, beginning with Daytona so I’ll be up to speed and ready to go for Monza, in pursuit of the hat-trick! “