Two 2014 race winners will combine for the 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship as Barwell Motorsport announce that Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw will team up in the BMW Z4 GT3 that drove Marco Attard to the 2014 title.
Attard may have had the edge, but in the second half of the season Minshaw and Keen proved to be one of their closest rivals as the #63 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 R took the pair to victories at Spa, Snetterton and Donington Park.
For 2015, the Porsche duo will switch to the BMW under the ‘Team Russia by Barwell racing with Demon Tweeks’ banner, and will soon announce another pair of drivers for the second BMW.
In the meantime, Keen and Minshaw will begin to prepare for their 2015 title challenge, with the pair ambitious to improve on 2014.
“I'm really excited to sign for Barwell and with 2015 being a transitional year for GT cars, I think Barwell and the Z4 will give Phil and I the best opportunity of winning the title, particularly as they have just proved themselves by winning BGT this year,” said Minshaw. “It was either an Aston Martin or BMW for me this year, but having spoken to Mark Lemmer and seen the professional way in which he manages his outfit, they're the team that I have most confidence in and believe will provide me with the best platform from which to compete for the title.”
His team-mate Keen also sees Barwell as the best fit for an assault on the GT3 Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to 2015, I think we have chosen the best team in Barwell, and car with the BMW Z4, to give me and Jon a shot at the title,” said Keen. “Jon has improved no end over the last year and proved he is one of the best Am drivers on the grid, plus he took to the Z4 really well and we have felt right at home with the Team.”
With the drivers now in place, Team Principal Mark Lemmer is confident the team can play a role in potential success.
“We are delighted to welcome Jon and Phil on board, they are a class pairing and both already know how to get the job done,” he said. “I am totally confident that we can provide them with the platform to challenge once again for outright honours.”