Bri­tish GT stars team up in M235i

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Four driv­ers from Bri­tish GT squad Barwell Mo­tor­sport will team up to share a BMW M235i Rac­ing in this week­end’s Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours.

Barwell team boss Mark Lem­mer, Mark Poole, Richard Abra and Timur Sar­darov will race one of the three-litre coupes for the Bel­gian JJ Mo­tor­sport team. The car will run in the ded­i­cated M235i Cup Class.

Lem­mer won the saloon class of the race – for­merly the Brit­car 24 Hours – in 2005 rac­ing a Honda Ac­cord, while Poole and Abra won the event out­right in both 2012 and 2013 in a BMW M3 GT and As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3 re­spec­tively.

The JJ team has a strong his­tory with the M235i, hav­ing won the sin­gle-make Bel­gian class last year and taken a class win in the Zolder 24 Hours.

Lem­mer said: “Mark and Richard wanted to do the race as they have a very strong record in it, and for Timur and I it’s a bit of fun be­fore the sea­son starts.

“The M235i is well bal­anced so it’s easy to drive and light on its tyres, which is ex­actly what you want for an en­durance rac­ing car. It’s not as fast as the top-class M3 GTRS, CSLS and SEATS, so I’m not sure the over­all win is on. But we have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the driver line-up so a class win is def­i­nitely the aim.”

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