Barker Elevated To Superstar Status
DATE ADDED: Friday 2 March 2012
Ben Barker's ongoing success has resulted in the British Racing Drivers' Club upgrading him to its Superstars programme.
The 20-year old followed his triumph in the 2010 Australian F3 Championship, which saw him added to the ranks of the BRDC Rising Stars scheme, by netting a top five position in the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia standings, taking two race wins despite being a rookie in his first season of GT racing. He returns to the UK for 2012, after signing to contest the British Carrera Cup with Parr Motorsport.
Now in its fifth year, BRDC SuperStars selects the brightest British racing talents to benefit from training programmes designed to keep them at the front of the field as they move up through the ranks of national and international motorsport.
In addition to access to the Silverstone-based British Racing Drivers' Club, and the opportunities it provides for networking, members of the SuperStars scheme also receive assistance with other aspects essential for building a career in the sport, including physical and mental training, team building skills and PR and sponsorship advice. They also gain the from the media coverage that the SuperStars programme generates for drivers receiving the BRDC's endorsement.
"It was a surprise to get the call from [programme director] Tim Harvey asking if I would accept the offer - but, of course, I said yes," Barker admitted, "It was fantastic being part of the Rising Stars last year, and to be asked to join the SuperStar development programme is just fantastic. After racing 'down under' for the last two years, I am honoured to represent the BRDC as a SuperStar and looking forward to getting on with the 2012 season."
Barker will be the only Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver on the 2012 BRDC SuperStars squad, which mainly comprises talent from the higher echelons of single-seater racing such as GP2, World Series by Renault, F2 and F3, as well as an F1 test driver.