Leonid Machitski is a Russian driver currently racing for Barwell Motorsport in the Blancpain GT Series – AM class.
Leo was born in Irkutsk, Russia and since the age of 10, was raised at a British boarding school in the UK, where he moved to with his twin-brother at the age 16. Together they started a car import business, importing spare parts for Japanese cars – they also tuned cars and sold them across Europe. Leo’s responsibility was to understand how everything works at the race tracks, so he quickly turned his skills and feel for speed to motor racing.
Machitski participated in the GT races of Stéphane Ratel’s championship since the moment the sporting regulations were modified and came into force in 2005. He started behind the wheel of Honda Civic.
Later in 2006 he made his debut driving the Aston Martin DBRS9 for Barwell Motorsport in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Leo displayed his talent immediately and since those early days he has been a regular podium finisher and won the British GT Championship in the GT3 class.
During the next year in the same Championship, Leo claimed 3rd place in the 24 Hours of Spa in the GT2 behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 997 for the Tech9 Motorsport team.
In 2008, he competed in the British GT Championship, switched to Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, while in 2009, Leo teamed up again with the Barwell Motorsport racing a Ginetta G50Z where he took the 1st place on the British Invitation Class (Brands Hatch).
In the 2010 the Russian raced an Aston Martin DBRS9 in the GT3 category for Beechdean Motorsport.
Leo drove a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 car for the first time in 2011, driving the full season for the Gravity Charouz Racing team in the FIA GT3 European Championship.
He moved into the FIA GT1 World Championship in the following year with the Valmon Racing Team Russia (Aston Martin DBRS9) and decided to compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship again in the race at Zolder (Lamborghini Gallardo GT3).
Leo then made the move to join Barwell Motorsport in 2014 and has been with British team ever since. He made his debut in the European Le Mans Series for Team Russia by Barwell, having previously tested for the team behind the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. It was a hard season and proved there were plenty of challenges. However, Leo still managed to find himself on the podium, taking an incredible 2nd place at the 24h of Spa in the Gentlemen Trophy class in the Blancpain Endurance Series (Team Parker Racing, Audi R8 LMS Ultra).
Leo continued his success on the lead up to take a step up to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup from 2015 to the present day.
The 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup has been ultra-competitive, and this year showed the highest level of Leo’s racing career so far. It has been a fantastic season for the #77 Lamborghini Huracán GT3, which scored two wins and two runner-up finishes in the Endurance Cup. Leo Machitski, who showed clear potential, drove alongside Adrian Amstutz for Barwell Motorsport. Having won the 24h of Spa, he secured his title and became the first Russian driver who claimed a remarkable four victories:
- AM Champion
- Endurance Cup Driver Champion
- AM Team Champion
- Endurance Cup Team Champion