BGT Media Day 15 – Barwell’s DBRS9(s)
We’re getting close to rounding up all the news from the Avon
Tyres British GT Media & Test Day on March 22. Here we turn
to Barwell Motorsport, and the second of the team’s trio of
“We shook it down this morning, here on the Hangar Straight
– having just collected it from Prodrive. Yes, this morning.”
The team set off to Spain on Thursday, with both
of its cars – those owned by Tom Alexander, and the even newer
one, this one, of Leo Machitsky.
“We’ve done a lot of work with Avon
already, and they’re coming out to Spain with us (to the Guadix
track) – although we’ll be working with Michelin too,
for the FIA GT3 Championship,” explains Chris Needell. His
brother is sharing the Tom Alexander car of course.
“The third car should be with us at the end
of April, and we’re close to finalising the drivers for that
car: we should know within two weeks.”
The deep, very deep, green of the Barwell cars is
apparently based on a DB2 colour, Tom Alexander owning a collection
of historic Aston Martins, and one of them is this colour.
Leo Machitsky’s partner this year is Jonathan
Cocker, and his mother reports that he couldn’t sleep on Tuesday
night, “because he was so excited”.
reckons that, after 20 laps in the DBRS9, “it is obviously
very different from a Porsche, it feels really heavy – but
I’m just taking it nice and steady.”
Car owner Leo Machitsky commented that the only
niggle so far has been “a slight fuel pump problem,”
but other than that, his car has been as good as gold.
“You should have heard it before we put the
back boxes on,” he responded, upon hearing a comment about
how glorious the V12 sounds.
Machitsky is just about to embark on his second
year of motorsport, having raced a Civic Type R in Britcar and Dutch
Supercars last year.
“I feel much more comfortable in the Aston
(than I did in the Honda) after only 20 laps. I’m very pleased
with it: we’re just waiting for the sequential gearbox. I
much prefer rear wheel drive.”
He’s really looking forward to the trip to
the Guadix track – while we’re really looking forward
to seeing the two Aston Martins race in GT3 in the British GT Championship
(for a part season of course).
A rather personal question regarding ownership of
this fabulous machine elicited the response that “my father
bought it for me, as a wedding present.”
actually got married yet – he marries the lovely Lily in June.
Lucky chap, all round.