Renowned Porsche Carrera Cup squad Team Parker Racing head to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in 2014 – with a GT4 Porsche 911. They become the first team to enter a full British GT4 season with Stuttgart machinery, though the car has appeared in conjunction with European GT4 in the past. With the car’s entry, the championship is now reportedly full to capacity.
Historic racer Barrie Baxter, who has played professional soccer in the United States and now runs a software company, is the only named driver so far. With his experience mostly in cars of a slightly different vintage, including the iconic Maserati 250F, Baxter will use 2014 as a learning year.
“I’m really excited to be racing in the British GT Championship with Team Parker Racing for 2014,” says Candian born Baxter. “Despite some reasonable successes in historic racing, I’m a sportsman so I’ve always wanted to put myself in a highly competitive environment as my ultimate aim is to race at Le Mans. For me, the British GT scene is incredible. It’s obviously top of the tree for GT cars, yet it’s accessible.”
He’s realistic about his expectations in the series.
“It’s good to be doing something a little bit different with a GT4 specification Porsche. Certainly, GT4 is really quite something this year with all the young guns and I expect I’ll be running around at the back to begin with, but let’s see what happens.”
“It’s great to see Barrie and Team Parker Racing in GT4 with a Porsche for this season and I think we have a very exciting GT4 grid in prospect,” reckons Series Manager, Benjamin Franassovici. “We’ve reached full capacity at this early stage, well before our deadline. GT4 has grown in number and diversity with the addition of Porsche, Lotus, BMW and Aston whilst GT3 is very strong with over 20 cars. We are starting to work on Silverstone 500 in June and have already received entries for our popular 3 hour race. We really have a great season of British GT racing to look forward to as well as some other exciting plans for the Championship.”