Barker is confident of overcoming speed issues

SIXTH PLACE: Ben Barker picture: Adrenal Media
SIXTH PLACE: Ben Barker picture: Adrenal Media

Ben Barker expects his Gulf Racing team to be more competitive when they take to the track at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City in the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Clare-raised driver, along with his fellow team-mates, had a lot of ground to make up after a poor qualifying session in the Nurburgring 6 Hours in Germany at the weekend, before eventually coming sixth in the GT-Am class.

Misreading the weather forecast cost them dear in qualifying before their #86 Porsche put in a largely flawless race, but in the end lacked the pace to overcome its lowly grid position.

But Barker believes there is much more to come ahead of round five in Mexico over September 1-3.

“It was a little frustrating not being able to find the ultimate pace in the car, but we know where the speed is, and hopefully, we can unlock it in time for the next race,” he said.

“Personally, I was able to get as much out of the car as possible in the conditions.

“I was the quickest driver in the car this weekend and the team was happy with the job I did.

“We all acknowledge that our struggles with straight-line speed and braking were probably exacerbated by the fact other teams tested ahead of the race, which won’t be the case for Mexico, and I fully expect to be more competitive next time.”