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Team Profile: Barwell Motorsport

18 August 2020

A family-run effort that can trace its history back half a century, Barwell Motorsport was first established by Richard Lemmer in the nineteen-sixties, while the modern team came into being with his son Mark at the helm in the late eighties.

Progressing through one-make saloons and the British Touring Car Championship, Barwell was an early convert to GT3 racing. Indeed, the team tackled the inaugural FIA GT3 European Championship event at Silverstone in 2006 and has remained committed ever since.

Following title-winning success in British GT, Barwell made its maiden Blancpain GT Series outing at Silverstone in 2013. It has been a full-time participant in the Endurance Cup since 2014, running cars under its own name as well as for Ecurie Ecosse and Team Russia. It was with the Scottish squad's BMW Z4 that Barwell achieved a breakthrough Pro-Am podium at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in 2015. 

This result was replicated the following year under the Barwell name and using Lamborghini machinery. A trio of Pro-Am race wins followed in 2017, but the Barwell crew missed out on the class title after Adrian Amstutz suffered a serious accident at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Redemption came 12 months later, when Amstutz and regular teammate Leo Machitski combined with Richard Abra and Patrick Kujala to clinch Am Cup victory at the blue riband race. The Amstutz-Machitski duo also secured back-to-back class titles in 2018 and 2019, while a Silver Cup win at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in 2019 cemented Barwell's status as Endurance racing experts. 

For the 2020 season, Barwell continues with a two-car Lamborghini programme. Its Pro-Am effort is once again anchored by Russian driver Machitski, who drove for the team in the maiden FIA GT3 European Championship event in 2006. 

GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS – Endurance Cup
#77 Leo Machitski / Rob Collard / Sandy Mitchell (Pro-Am)
#78 Patrick Kujala / Frederik Schandorff / Alex MacDowall (Silver Cup)

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