Barwell Motorsport’s GT1 Aston Martin For 2007
Barwell’s Commercial Director, Chris Needell, is being very
cagey about who has purchased this DBR9, but the new owner wishes
to see it race in the FIA GT Championship next year, which fits
in very neatly with the team’s GT3 programme.
So it’s GT1 and GT3 for the team in the new
“It all came together very quickly,”
says Needell, “during the last two weeks.”
The team isn’t committing to a full FIA GT1
programme yet, but that would be the ideal scenario.
“We’ve got some team funding,”
he continues, “but we are looking for the bulk of the funding
from potential drivers. We’d love to do the whole championship,
including the Spa 24 Hours.”
The car owner
also has ambitions to see this chassis racing at Le Mans in 2008.
The DBR9 is currently being rebuilt by Aston Martin
Racing / Prodrive, and is actually the spare car from the 2006 Aston
Martin Racing ALMS campaign. Two of the three cars in North America
are back in Europe – leaving one still in the US.
The Barwell GT1 Aston Martin will be on display
at the Autosport Show next month, while one of the team’s
GT3 cars will also be present at the NEC, this one on the Autocar
First task after the show will be two days of testing
at Guadix in Spain.
Aston Martin Racing Commercial Director, James Turner
is “so pleased that Barwell has managed to structure this
deal for next year, it is a fitting reward for their success this
year with our DBRS9 cars. I wish them both every success next season."
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tailor-make a smaller programme (than a full FIA GT season) to suit
drivers’ budgets if required,” says Chris Needell.
Below is one
of the team's GT3 cars, on their debut at Silverstone back in May.