PORSCHE CHAMP TO RACE CORTINA
Barry Horne will contest historic tin-top events with his father
Father and son Max and Barry Horne will team up this year to make their historic racing debuts in a Lotus Cortina.
While Barry Horne has extensive racing experience and is a former Caterham and Porsche Carrera Cup champion, his father Max, 63, has only raced once and that was in a Caterham 15 years ago.
“His father was friends with Jim Clark and dad used to go and watch,” said Barry of his Max’s background. “He’d always had a hankering for a Lotus Cortina and we ended up buying one at the end of last year. It’s race prepared and ready to go.
“He’s just taken his ARDS test and he’s going to do a few races to get his licence upgraded and get up to speed. The main focus is the three-hour race at Spa in June and we’ll do a few more two-driver events after that.
“It’s all about sharing a great experience with my dad and then going for a few beers afterwards.”
Horne is part of the Team Parker Racing crew and has worked on the team’s British Touring Car programme with Alex Martin. “Parkers will look after the car,” he said. “This is a new area for them but there are a few old boys there! They love all this stuff.”
Barry won the inaugural Carrera Cup GB title in 2003 and has more recently raced in GT events in Europe.
Last year he joined the BTCC at Snetterton when Martin was unavailable and scored points in the second of the three races.