UK-based GT team, Barwell Motorsport, has announced that it will ‘be starting a new chapter in its history’ next year, when it switches to the new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for all of its major domestic and international race programs.
The British squad has secured a three-year deal with ‘significant’ factory support with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. A commercial partnership with MP Motorsport has enabled Barwell to acquire three new Huracán GT3s to use in its campaigns over the next three years.
Barwell has previously won both the British GT Drivers and Teams Championships, and will operate under the banner of ‘Barwell Motorsport supported by Lamborghini Squadra Corse’ during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. The use of this official title is exclusive to Barwell in the British GT Championship, and other domestic-based series.
The Huracán GT3 made a strong entrance into the GT3 scene in 2015 when it won overall on its debut in the Blancpain Endurance Series season-opener at Monza. With aerodynamics developed by Dallara, the powerful and low-drag Huracán is described by Barwell as ‘an ideal all-round contender for the different challenges thrown up by the UK domestic and international series race circuits’.
Next year the team will field two of the cars in the British GT Championship, and is also again planning on mounting challenges in the Blancpain Endurance Series and European Le Mans Series. Prior to that the team will be carrying out an extensive testing programme in both the UK and Europe.
“We are delighted to announce our plans with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 from 2016 onwards,” stated Mark Lemmer, Barwell Motorsport MD. “To have secured a three year deal with factory support from such an iconic brand, with its rich sports car heritage is exactly what we need going forward. We share common goals in our pursuit of winning national and international race series as well as targeting victories in the blue chip endurance races, and both parties are highly motivated in our quest for success. I have no doubt that the Huracán GT3 is the right tool for the job and we are very much looking forward to building a strong working relationship with Lamborghini Squadra Corse.”
“As Lamborghini Squadra Corse we are glad to announce the partnership with Barwell Motorsport in the GT3 programme,” added Giorgio Sanna, head of motorsport, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. ” We consider it strategic in the British GT Championship where we want to show the performance of the Huracán GT3, and of course to be a protagonist with Barwell in the key international GT series.”