With the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Cup requiring added peddling power to the regular line up, Barwell Motorsport sought out just the men to do the job, Oliver Gavin and Tom Kimber-Smith. The Spa 24 Hours is one of the toughest battles in endurance racing, and who better to join the Ardennes action, than a duo of drivers who have claimed eight Le Mans 24 Hours victories between them. Not much is missing from either racer’s CV, but stepping on to the Belgian endurance podium remains an unticked box.
Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen and Joe Osborne have completed their all English, all BRDC member, Spa 24 Hours quartet with international sportscar driver and four time American Le Mans Series champion, Oliver Gavin. Barwell’s ‘new kid’ on the block Olly, is no stranger to an endurance race and with five class wins in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours under his belt, the team have no doubts that he will be a perfect addition to the Demon Tweeks line up. “A podium is certainly the target for the race!” commented Gavin, “Its one of the hardest races to win, but we have all the ingredients for a strong effort and a good result!”
Tom Kimber-Smith has been dubbed one of Britain’s most successful endurance sportscar racers of late, and after emerging victorious at three Le Mans 24 Hours events, the British driver knows exactly what it takes to succeed in a day long race. Kimber-Smith will be joining British GT Champions Marco Attard and Leo Machitski, along with season regular Pro and Lamborghini ace, Marco Mapelli. “The combination that we have of car, team and drivers gives us a strong race package” said Kimber-Smith. “I have worked with Barwell before so we can hit the track running and I feel honoured to be finally racing with Leo after knowing him for many years”.
After finishing 3rd and 4th in class, 7th and 8th overall, in Blancpain’s blue-riband event last year, the Barwell Motorsport crew are more than ready to aim for success yet again next week!