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Minshaw, Keen Retained at Barwell for Third Season

Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen stay with Barwell for third season in British GT…

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will tackle a third British GT Championship season with Barwell Motorsport in 2017, having finished as runners-up in this year’s championship.

On the way to second place in the standings, the No. 33 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Minshaw and Keen took more wins than any of their rivals in 2016, with victory at Silverstone and a double win at Snetterton.

For 2017, they will aim to go one better and secure the championship in the car that will now be entered under the Demon Tweeks with Barwell Motorsport name.

“I’m very happy to have re-signed with Barwell, and I’m sure that in our second year with the Huracan we will be even stronger,” Minshaw said.

“It’s great to have Keeny back with me; he did a brilliant job this season and keeps getting better and better. Hopefully we’ll be able to go one step further in 2017 and win the title!”

The team has also announced that it will be fielding a second Lamborghini alongside the Minshaw/Keen car, and that a driver announcement can be expected in the coming weeks.

In 2016, the team’s No. 6 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 was raced by Liam Griffin, who was joined throughout the season by Fabio Babini, Alexander Sims and Adam Carroll.

“It’s great to welcome Jon and Phil back,” expressed team principal Mark Lemmer. “This will be their third season with Barwell, and their fantastic results in 2016 show how valuable continuity within the team is.

“We have all of the ingredients in place once again to challenge for the title.”

This now brings the GT3 class car count up to eight, and also confirms that the top two teams in the class standings in 2016 return with unchanged lineups, following TF Sport’s announcement last month.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

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