19.03.2017 - 16h10

Ben Barker to lead Gulf Racing line up in 2017

Britain’s Ben Barker is set to remain with Gulf Racing for a second year in the LMGTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Behind the wheel of the team’s Porsche 911 RSR, the 25-year-old Gold-rated driver will be alongside team owner Mike Wainwright and a yet-to-be-announced third driver.  Barker is something of a Porsche expert having competing in the marque’s one-make series since 2011.

“It’s great to know that I’ll be racing in a high-profile series in 2017, having confirmed another year with Gulf Racing. The WEC is a ‘must-do’ series at this stage in my career,” Barker commented.

“I’m really excited to be leading the team and re-joining Mike, who has really fostered my sports car ambitions in recent seasons.  I’m looking forward to kicking off the season on home soil at Silverstone in April, and we’ll also be visiting some of my favourite circuits - Spa-Francorchamps and Circuit of The Americas in Texas – so there’s plenty to look forward to.

“Of course, however, nothing can top Le Mans, and I’m excited to be making my second appearance in the 24 Hours in June.  There was a lot to be pleased about Gulf’s debut season in the WEC, and I’m sure the team will continue to improve in 2017.”

Fiona MILLER