Barwell confirms extension of successful Endurance Cup programme, Amstutz to step down from driving

Barwell confirms extension of successful Endurance Cup programme, Amstutz to step down from driving

British outfit Barwell Motorsport has confirmed the continuation of its ultra-successful Endurance Cup programme for the 2020 season.

The squad has enjoyed a phenomenal two-year spell in the Am Cup class, with Leo Machitski and Adrian Amstutz ever-present aboard the #77 Lamborghini alongside a number of teammates. They have taken four victories and a further four podium finishes from the past nine Endurance Cup races, a run of success that has seen them earn class honours at the 2018 Total 24 Hours of Spa and back-to-back Am Cup titles.

The British squad has confirmed that it will continue in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup next term, with long-serving Barwell driver Machitski already committed to another campaign. Amstutz, however, has elected to step down from full-time driving in 2020. Among the Swiss racer's recent successes, his comeback from a fiery accident at the 2017 Total 24 Hours of Spa to win the event 12 months later was particularly well receievd by the motorsport community.

“I’ve had an incredible journey in the amazing Blancpain Endurance series, which is the absolute pinnacle of GT racing for Am drivers," said Amstutz. "However I have achieved all my goals, and more, in this arena and the time feels right now to step back from competing at this level full-time, and focus on some different style of events with my favourite team, Barwell Motorsport.”

Amstutz will continue to compete in long-distance racing for Barwell and could make one-off appearances in GT World Challenge Europe next term. Meanwhile, the Barwell squad is actively seeking a new bronze-graded teammate for Machitski as it looks to capture a third successive class title in 2020. Efforts in both Am Cup and Pro-Am are being considered.

Barwell will also continue its successful Silver Cup programme next year. The #78 Lamborghini took class honours at this year's Total 24 Hours of Spa with Sandy Mitchell, James Pull and Jordan Witt at the wheel.