Barwell Motorsport have made their way to the South of France for the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup round at Le Castellet. Mark Poole and Richard Abra have been itching to get back into the driving seat of their Barwell run MP Motorsport supported Lamborghini Huracan GT3, having not raced since their one off British GT outing at Silverstone in June.
After making the decision to prematurely end their Blancpain GT Series season, Poole and Abra set their sights on the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup. The ‘new to 2016’ series, runs in the support package to the European Le Mans Series and has already attracted a substantial grid of GT3 cars, with the blue riband event being the ‘Road to Le Mans’. Unfortunately, they were unable to compete at Le Mans and the Red Bull Ring due to other commitments, so Paul Ricard was the next on the schedule! “Its been a long break” commented Abra, “and it almost feels like we are starting the season again with a new championship.”
Despite having some time out of the car, both Poole and Abra feel well prepared after completing a pre-season test at Paul Ricard. Pro driver Abra is very confident ahead of the weekend, “We’ve got some good data on the car, track and tyres, so we can hit the ground running!” The last two visits to Le Castellet for the Barwell crew ended with a trip to the podium, and they are more than determined to repeat those performances.
Team Manager Matt Bell stated, “Although the team have had a two week ‘summer break’ away from track action, they have been pushing hard behind the scenes to prepare for Mark and Rich’s long awaited debut into the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
“Whilst ensuring that Poole and Abra have the best possible ‘restart’ to their 2016 season at Paul Ricard, we have also been preparing for the Barcelona 24 Hour, which we are looking forward to tackling next week with them. It’s great to have the driver pairing back in the Huracan GT3 and with Mark wasting no time getting back into the swing of things and ever improving his lap times throughout yesterdays test, the Barwell crew have full confidence that we have a great chance of a solid result this weekend.”
Track action will commence with two free practice sessions on Friday the 26th. Saturday will see Poole complete the qualifying sessions and the two-hour race will begin at 17:00 CEST.