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Porsche IFX Carrera Cup Australia driver Ben Barker impresses in Carrera Cup Great Britain debutBarker snares third place and fastest lap in Carrera Cup GB

Porsche IFX Carrera Cup Australia driver Ben Barker experienced an impressive debut in Carrera Cup Great Britain last weekend, finishing third and fifth in the championship’s two races at Snetterton.

British driver Barker, who sits sixth in the Porsche IFX Carrera Cup Australia standings, contested the British Porsche championship while on a mid-season break in England before returning to Carrera Cup Australia’s fourth round at Phillip Island.

After qualifying fourth for both races, Barker dropped to sixth at the start of the opening race before beginning his chase of the leaders.

Barker then moved into third and closed the gap to the leading duo Stephen Jelley and Michael Meadows to eventually have a three-car battle for the lead in the closing laps. While Jelly eventually won the race behind Meadows, it was the third-placed Barker whose charge to the front saw him gain a new lap record in the 14-lap race.

Barker followed with fifth in the second race, with Jelly again taking the race win ahead of Meadows, Richard Plant and James Sutton.

“It was great racing back on home soil and I’m ecstatic with my results for the weekend,” said Barker.

“Having raced at Snetterton in the 2009 British Formula Ford Championship, I didn’t have to learn the layout of the circuit, while these cars are nearly identical to what I race back in Australia, so I went into the weekend somewhat familiar with my surroundings.

“Finishing third in the opening race was a great effort for me and the team, along with posting the fastest lap. One of the focuses of this weekend was to show what I am capable of in front of the European motorsport circles, and I think I made a good impression. This also shows the strength of Carrera Cup in Australia which, like Carrera Cup GB, has a great depth of talent at the front of the field.”

Barker’s excellent pace helped earn the ‘team of the weekend’ award for Parr Motorsport.