Former British GT Champion, Jonny Cocker, will make a return to the series this season in a one-off outing at Snetterton in the Ecurie Ecosse powered by Black Bull BMW Z4 GT3 run by Barwell Motorsport. Cocker, 27, will join Marco Attard in the car’s line-up as a replacement for Marco’s regular driving partner, Alexander Sims.
Sims will be on factory BMW Motorsport duties at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and Ecurie Ecosse Blancpain Endurance Series Pro driver, Oliver Bryant, is also unavailable due to other commitments. Sims will return to his seat after Snetterton to complete the British GT season with Marco.
With Jonny already racing in Barwell Motorsport’s sister BMW Z4 GT3, run under the Team Russia By Barwell banner in the European Le Mans Series GTC class this year, he will be completely familiar with both the car and his crew as he makes a return to British GT after an absence of a number of years. He previously raced in a Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 in the 2006 and 2007 British GT seasons, and helped Leo Machitski to the GT3 title in ’06. Prior to that he was crowned overall British GT Champion – the youngest ever – aboard a Porsche GT2 in 2004.
I’m seriously excited for my return to the British GT Championship and obviously a big thanks goes out to Marco for inviting me to drive in Alexander’s absence. The main objective of the weekend will be to assist in keeping Marco at the top of the driver standings. After a very successful test with Marco and Alexander we’re confident that we will have the pace to do just that!
Really looking forward to working with Jonny at Snetterton and I am sure he will make a great contribution to the team with all his experience!