Baxter, who has battled all manner of legendary racers and race cars through his historic racing exploits, is treating the 2014 season as a learning year to acquaint himself with modern machinery following an impressive array of success in the historic arena, including three podiums in historic events in Monaco.
Team Parker Racing will run the Porsche 911 GT4 which Baxter will race with an as yet un-named team-mate.
“I’m really excited to be racing in the British GT Championship with Team Parker Racing for 2014. 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. It’s also 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.”
British GT Championship Series Manager, Benjamin Franassovici:
“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. 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.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Barrie Baxter:
Baxter was born in Canada and has lived variously in Scotland and Liverpool, currently resides (floats) in Henley on Thames where he runs his software company, Brixx. In younger days he raced motorcycles including competing at the Isle of Man TT. He has also played professional football in the North American Soccer League. In the late 1990s he got into historic racing, contesting events at Goodwood and the like in cars such as the iconic Maserati 250F.
About Team Parker Racing:
Leicestershire’s Team Parker Racing has an enviable reputation through numerous successes in Caterham racing and Porsche Carrera Cup. For 2014 they will add a full time return to GT racing both in the British GT Championship in GT4 and in Blancpain with a pair of Audi R8 LMS Ultras. Based in a 5000sq ft workshop with another 7500 under construction, Team Parker mixes its specialist Porsche and Caterham road car work with its expanding sportscar staircase of motorsport activities, from novice to 24hr.
About the Avon Tyres British GT Championship:
The Avon Tyres British GT championship showcases the most prestigious and stylish sportscar grid of any national motorsport championship in the world. The 2014 season will visit six UK venues with one international event held at the Belgian Circuit of Spa Francorchamps.