Barwell Confirms GT3 Aston Martin Line-up
With updates already filed on the progress of DAMAX and Tech 9,
for the FIA GT3 European Championship, it’s now the turn of
the third, UK-based squad to confirm its driving squad.
trio of Aston Martin DBRS9s will contest the full, five race European
series, together with selected British GT rounds. The final pieces
in the jigsaw have been provided by Piers Johnson and Michael Bentwood,
who will both have part-season campaigns.
(right) will join Martin Rich for the first three races in the European
series and will join Leo Machitski for the Donington Park, two hour,
British GT race.
impressed last season aboard the RJN Nissan 350Z in British GT,
will partner Tom Alexander at Donington and Snetterton (in British
GTs), and at Dijon and Mugello in the FIA series, where he will
replace Tiff Needell, who will contest the opening three rounds
in the car.
meanwhile will partner Jonathan Cocker for the full FIA series.
is looking forward to his first opportunity to get behind the wheel
of the DBRS9, which should come next week with a test in the Prodrive-run
test car: "The team's third car arrives just before Silverstone,
but I'm due to get some time out next week in the test car,”
says Johnson. “I'm delighted with the drive, it's been a bit
of a late decision but the grid looks very good indeed."
that there is a decision still to be reached on whether the third
car reaches the team by the end of April (in which case it would
be fitted with the H-pattern gearshift currently featured aboard
the test car) or alternatively whether the car is delivered rather
closer to its opening race meeting at Silverstone, where tit would
be fitted (as are the other five FIA GT3 cars) with a sequential