Ben Barker’s perfect blend of attack and defence helped him take a fourth place finish on an unexpected return to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
The Clare-raised driver jumped back into the MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax car at short notice ahead of the season opener in Barcelona at the weekend.
Barker made a decent start to Sunday morning’s race, but had to wait until the exit of turn one before moving up to seventh, capitalising as Michael Ammermuller ran wide.
Three corners later, the 25-year-old slipped by Robert Lukas to claim sixth place before setting off after the group ahead of him.
After several laps of steadily closing, Barker was handed a chance to gain further ground, diving to the inside of turn 10 as Jeffrey Schmidt and Christian Engelhardt clashed while battling over fourth position.
The opportunistic move – completed before his rivals finished banging bodywork - looked to have landed Barker in a promising situation, and eventually saw him cross the line in an impressive fourth place.
“Although a podium finish was only 1.6 seconds up the road, I’m happy enough with fourth place, especially given the lateness of the call to drive in Barcelona in the first place,” he said.