Barwell’s British GT stars join forces for GT World Challenge Europe Endurance campaign
Barwell Motorsport will be returning to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Endurance series in 2023, with a campaign in the Pro-Am Cup class where it has enjoyed incredible success over the past nine years. The 2021 Overall Pro-Am Champions will be fielding a stunning Black Bull Scotch Whisky- liveried Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 with three drivers who have all starred for the team in the British GT Championship in recent seasons. These include 2020 British Champion Rob Collard, 2021 Champ Dennis Lind, and 2022 Runner-up Adam Balon.
Collard has also previously been a part of Barwell’s European programmes, claiming a Pro-Am win at Spa in 2020 along with third in that season’s Endurance points standings. Dennis meanwhile was also part of our outright race-winning crew in the 2019 Creventic 24H Series Barcelona 24 Hours.
Having competed in a Barwell Lamborghini with much success in British GT for the past four seasons, Balon will be making his international GT3 and GT World Challenge debut with us in round one of the championship at Monza on April 23rd. However, due to business commitments unfortunately Adam is unable to take part in the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa round of the series in July, and so the team are seeking a suitable Bronze-graded replacement for him to contest this blue-riband event alongside Rob and Dennis.
These three drivers will be teaming up for the first time, with Rob and Adam previously having raced against each other in their 2020 domestic campaigns whilst Adam and Sandy Mitchell battled it out with Dennis and Leo Machitski for the 2021 British GT crown.
Mark Lemmer, Barwell Motorsport Team Principal: “I’m delighted that we will be returning to GTWCE with such a strong driver line-up. Adam, Rob and Dennis have all won some massive races with Barwell so I don’t see any reason that we shouldn’t be aiming for the title.”
Adam Balon: “Back at Barwell, but with a twist. Europe in the EVO2. And racing with, rather than against the ever-rapid Rob and Dennis. Can’t wait…”
Rob Collard: “I’m really pleased to be back racing with Barwell Motorsport, competing in one of the most competitive GT endurance championships in the world. As a team, together with Dennis and Adam, we make a strong line up so I’m looking forward to getting out testing and hope to replicate the success we had in 2020.”
Dennis Lind: “Delighted to be back with Barwell. It's going to be a great year I am sure. I am also very excited to drive the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO2. It's going to be a strong line-up this year, Barwell is as usual a great team so I am sure we will back scoring some pretty strong results!”
Euan Shand, Chairman of sponsors Black Bull Scotch Whisky: “This Huracan EVO2 car with our Black Bull sponsorship emblazoned across it has attracted a lot of attention pre-launch and we’re looking forward to seeing it racing in the GT World Challenge Endurance Series for this year. It’s the perfect line up of the very best Barwell racing drivers coming together and we know their combined racing skills will make them a force to be reckoned with. We wish the entire team the very best of luck for the season ahead”
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