Ben Barker endured a frustrating weekend in the latest round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as he was unable to pick up any points at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.
The West Suffolk College pupil showed an improvement in pace in round seven of the season only to find that his luck was out.
Barker began the weekend in fine form to put his MOMO Megatron car among the fastest on track during practice, before finishing 0.3 seconds off pole position pace to line up ninth and sixth for the two races.
An early collision in the first race of the weekend left Barker’s car with a burst radiator, and while looking for a safe place to pull off and retire, he was shunted into the gravel by unsighted teammate Sam Power.
The MOMO Megatron Team PARTRAX were unable to repair the damage to his car, which included a holed manifold and bent chassis, meaning Barker was forced to sit out Sunday’s race.
“I hate not racing at the best of times, but to be at the circuit and not be able to get out on it was horrible,” he said.
“It was the biggest shunt I have had for a long time, but I would have been able to drive. Sadly, the same could not be said for the car.
“The chicane is notorious for collisions.
“I was lucky to escape with just bruised heels, a stiff neck and a bit of a headache, but the car was a write-off.”