Parr celebrate it's Le Mans winBen Barker says that his Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory at Le Mans (14 June) is one of the highest points of his racing career to date after he took overall victory in the combined race with the Carrera Cup France on the morning of the world-famous 24-hour race.
In the highest profile race in the 12-year and 226-race history of the Carrera Cup GB, drivers took to the awesome 8-mile track for a 45-minute race during the final build up to the start of the 24-hour marathon. The event had even greater significance as Porsche returned to compete at the top level of sports car racing.
Barker, who was Carrera Cup GB runner-up in 2012, returned to the championship with Parr Motorsport for the Le Mans race and promptly took overall victory from a field of 62 911 GT3 Cups. Barker’s victory was the ultimate celebration of Parr’s 30 years in motor racing, which Paul Robe’s team marked at Le Mans. Three generations of the Robe family were on hand to support Barker as Paul was joined in the team by his father Ray and his son Declan.
“I wanted to go there and win, because I knew that I had the pace against the other Porsche Supercup drivers,” said Barker. “It didn’t quite go our way in qualifying and we were P4, but we could race from there. I got into P3 and then I was there to collect the pieces. I had good pace to be up there and it was absolutely sensational to win.
“Standing on the top step of the podium at Le Mans has got to be one of the best feelings in the world: hopefully I can do that after the 24-hour race at some point in the future. This is just the start! This year it is all clicking into place for me. Big thanks are due to Parr Motorsport for providing a quick car and being a great team. It was just an amazing event.”