Barker’s run of bad luck ends challenge

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Ben Barker’s luck showed no sign of changing at the penultimate Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland round of the season, but his pace in the #89 Land Motorsport entry provided cause for optimism for the future.

The Clare-raised driver arrived at the Nurburgring hoping to end his season on a high by challenging for wins over the final two double-headers. However, his plans were to be upset from the first session when he suffered difficulties with his gearbox.

A new gearbox was fitted, but former West Suffolk College pupil Barker was relegated to the back of the 22-car grid for both races. He worked his way through the field in the first, narrowly missing a top 10 finish.

In the second race, he moved through the field to 14th before a collision shredded his left rear tyre.