Alexander Sims returns for British GT part-season in 2016

BMW factory racer Alexander Sims will return to the British GT Championship next season for a limited campaign as part of Barwell Motorsport's new era with Lamborghini

Alexander Sims returns for British GT part-season in 2016

Sims will contest four rounds aboard one of Barwell's new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 cars, sharing with Liam Griffin, who moves across from the Motorbase Aston Martin team.

Sims, who narrowly missed the 2015 British GT title sharing a Barwell BMW Z4 with Marco Attard, will make his first appearance at round four - the Silverstone 500 - and complete the year.

Barwell will run factory Lamborghini driver Fabio Babini for the first three rounds alongside Griffin.

Sims was originally ruled out of a British GT comeback due to Barwell's switch to become a factory supported Lamborghini customer team, but BMW has granted him permission to join the programme in lieu of Barwell's history with the German marque.

Sims said: "I'm extremely pleased to be able to continue my relationship with Barwell and to work with Liam in British GT.

"I have to thank BMW for allowing me to dovetail this alongside my programme with them.

"Working with Barwell over the last two years has been a real pleasure and so to be able to continue that is spot on.

"I am certain that Liam will be right on the pace and fully expect him to be at the front all season long.

"Although I won't be in contention for the overall championship honours, it will be great to do four races and help Liam and Barwell fight for the championships."

Sims will also contest a full European GT campaign with a factory BMW M6 GT3, but the details of that programme are yet to be finalised.

It is likely to revolve around the German-based VLN series, which clashes with the first three rounds of British GT.

Sims sacrificed his 2014 British GT title hopes to race with BMW at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2014, which clashed with a British round at Snetterton. Attard took the title solo that year.

Barwell has now completed its two-car British GT attack, having already signed Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw to crew its first Huracan.

The deals rule Sims's 2015 team-mate and former champion Attard out of a return to British GT.

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