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Ben Barker

Nationality : British

Lives in : London

Having graduated from karting, where Ben’s height counted against him, he found himself more at home in single-seaters. His debut season in Formula Ford showed him to be a quick learner, returning the Van Diemen brand to the top step of the podium at Knockhill, before going on to take eighth in the championship and fourth at the world-famous FFord Festival.

That record, and a promising maiden test ‘down under’, allowed the Suffolk native to step up to F3 with leading outfit Team BRM the following year, and he duly proved that ‘slicks and wings’ were to his liking by scooping the Australian national title by just one championship point from now GP2 start Mitch Evans.

Having also made his V8 Supercar debut in 2010, Ben turned to ‘tin tops’ the following year, remaining with BRM to drive in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, where he won two races and finished fifth overall amid a high-profile entry, and taking podiums in the UK series with Parr Motorsport.

PCCA success also earned Ben the inaugural Michelin Australia Sports person of the Year award, and his ability has not gone unnoticed, with the British Racing Drivers’ Club bestowing ‘Rising Star’ status at the start of the 2011 season and upgrading that to include him on its ‘SuperStar’ programme for 2012. An honour that was more than justified when been turned out to the be sensation of the Carrera Cup GB grid. A surge in the second half of the season saw the Parr Motorsport driver take five wins and pole positions on the trot which helped him secure second in the championship.

In 2013 Ben made the step to the highly competitive Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship that follows most of the Formula 1 circuit. After a proving year learning the tracks he went onto compete in a second year, securing podiums and 6th in the 2014 Porsche Supercup championship.

2014 was a busy year for Ben also racing in the USA in the Tudor sports car series which consisted of leading such events as Petit Le Mans and Watkins Glen 6hr. He also showed speed behind the wheel of the Gulf Racing RSR partnering with Adam Carol and Mike Wainwright in the European Le Mans Series. A highlight of the season was winning the Le Mans 24hr support race which fielded over 60 Carrera Cup cars piloted by drivers from all over the world. Another glory moment was winning the Bathurst 12hr class B with Le Mans 24hr overall winner Earl Bamber and Stephen Grove.

In 2015 Ben competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and German Carrera Cup series with podiums to his name, he impressed Gulf Racing and is back with them for the World Endurance Championship.