Team Russia by Barwell is a new project created by Russian racing drivers, Leo Machitski and Timur Sardarov, who are racing a BMW Z4 GT3 in the prestigious 2014 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) – a qualifying championship for the world’s most famous motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. The project will be run by highly successful professional GT racing team, Barwell Motorsport.  

Leo, 31, is no stranger to the team, or international GT racing success, having claimed the 2006 British GT3 Championship title in a Barwell-run Aston Martin DBRS9, and then gone on to finish third in GT2 in the 2007 Spa 24 Hours. Whilst Leo is making a return to top-flight GT racing after a two–year break, Timur, also 31, will be entering his very first international racing championship. He comes from a rallying background and then last year made a highly successful racing debut by winning his first four Britcar GT races aboard the Barwell Z4!  

The team is delighted to announce that joining Leo and Timur will be former ELMS GTE Professional Champion, Jonny Cocker. Jonny, 27, is also making a return to both Barwell and driving with Leo, as he teamed up with Machitski in 2006 for his campaigns in British GT and FIA GT3. Since then he has enhanced his status as one of the UK’s brightest young sportscar stars, claiming victories in LMP1 and then the 2012 ELMS GTE Pro title aboard a Ferrari, as well as making three appearances in the Le Mans 24 Hours.  

Team Russia by Barwell may be a new project, but it already has a wealth of experience and expertise behind it, and we are targeting successful first year in the ELMS.  

Team Background – Barwell Motorsport  

Barwell Motorsport is one of the UK’s most successful professional racing teams, having been competing at the forefront of different motorsport categories during the past five decades.  It has a race-winning history dating back to the 1960s, and has competed in many different kinds of motorsport disciplines including GT/sportscars, Touring Cars, single-seaters and historics. Since the team started its GT racing programmes at the end of 2005, it has been one of the most successful and versatile outfits of its kind. Barwell has raced in the GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 categories all around the world. 

The team has competed in top level sportscar and GT racing championships in the USA, UK and Belgium, as well as pan-European series such as the ELMS and Blancpain Endurance Series. It has also contested the world’s premier GT race event, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, scoring a top four GT3 finish in 2009. 

In 2011 the team was chosen as the outfit that would bring the famous Le Mans-winning name of Ecurie Ecosse back to international sportscar racing. Since then it has successfully run their BMW Z4 GT3s in the British GT and pan-European series, claiming third place in both the 2013 British GT and ELMS Championships. 

Team Highlights 

  • ELMS race winners & 3rd in GTC Championship 2013 

  • Multiple podium finishes in ELMS, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT 2013  

  • British GT race-winners 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 

  • Britcar GT race-winners 2007, 2010, 2013 

  • 2006 British GT3 Champions 

  • 2007 British GT Overall Teams Champions 

  • 2013 British GT Championship – 3rd overall 

  • 2013 Silverstone 1000kms (British Endurance Championship) - Winner 

  • Points finish on FIA GT world series debut in Zhuhai, China (GT1) 

  • First-ever British GT 1-2-3 team race result (2007) 

  • First-ever British race series victory for a Bio-Ethanol fuelled car 

  • Contested sportscar classics 24 Hours of Spa (FIA GT/Blancpain Endurance Series), Sebring 12-Hours and Petit Le Mans 1000-Miles (American Le Mans Series) 

 Race Car: BMW Z4 GT3 

 The Team Russia by Barwell BMW Z4 is purpose-built as a GT3 racer by BMW Motorsport in Munich, and homologated for GT3/GTC competition by the FIA. 

 Technical Spec 


Type: BMW V8 

Displacement: 4,361cc 

Power: Approx 515BHP @ 8,300rpm 

Torque: Approx 515Nm @ 5,500rpm 


Gearbox: Six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift mechanism 

Clutch type: Triple-plate racing clutch 

Differential: XTRAC limited slip 


ECU: BMW Motorsport with ECU-control, traction control and pit speed limiter 

Steering Wheel: Multifunction wheel with BMW Motorsport Power 400 car electronics management 

Braking System: Race ABS 

Dashboard display: Multifunctional display with integrated gear shift lights 

Data system: D2 data acquisition system 

 Rolling Chassis: 

Overall length: 4387mm 

Overall width: 2012mm 

Base weight: Approx 1190kg 

Suspension: Race suspension with adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable roll bars 

Wheels/ Tyres: BBS 18” rims with ELMS GTC class specification Michelin slicks and wets 

Bodywork: Carbon fibre panels 

Aerodynamics: Front splitter and bumper side winglets, aero efficient mirrors and side sills, rear diffuser and twin-plane adjustable rear wing