Former West Suffolk pupil steps up to new racing series

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Ben Barker will contest the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship after agreeing a deal to drive Gulf Racing’s GTE-AM class Porsche 991 RSR at all nine rounds.

The move is the next step in a progression up the sportscar racing ladder for the former West Suffolk student, who has spent the past three seasons competing primarily in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The 24-year-old Briton is already familiar with the Gulf Racing set-up, however, having contested selected races in its iconically-liveried Porsche during the 2014 European Le Mans Series.

A delighted Barker said: “2016 has provided me with the fantastic career progression opportunity of driving for the Gulf Racing Team in the WEC.

“Racing in such a prestigious championship with such a reputable team, I cannot wait to get started.”

Barker will share the lone Gulf Racing entry with owner-driver Wainwright and Irishman Adam Carroll throughout the 2016 campaign.