Former Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Barry Horne will take over the Dextra Racing Ford Focus for his maiden Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship outing this weekend at Snetterton.
Horne, who previously won the maiden Porsche Carrera Cup GB season back in 2003, will take over the vacant Dextra-backed Ford Focus ST this weekend in a last minute deal, with regular driver Alex Martin called away with his partner due to give birth.
Dunfermline-based rookie Horne started his career in Formula Ford before moving into Caterham racing, winning the British and European championships. His biggest success was soon to come in 2003, beating fellow soon-to-be champion Richard Westbrook to the Carrera Cup GB title with Team Parker.
Horne has since raced in both the Porsche Supercup and Nürburgring 24 hours, while also acting as a driver mentor for Team Parker’s Carrera Cup GB squad and an advanced driving instructor at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
The news follows numerous driver changes in the build-up to this weekend’s visit to Snetterton, Welch Motorsport absent while Robb Holland takes over the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis previously driven by Simon Belcher.
The first of two BTCC free practice sessions gets underway at 9:30am on Saturday morning.