Triple joy for dominant Barnes
It was a case of “mission accomplished” for Scott Barnes after becoming the first driver in two decades to win three classes in one season.
Barnes claimed the Shifter, L206 Senior and Tag Senior classes during a thoroughly dominant campaign in the Bermuda Karting Club race series.
It was his third attempt at completing the feat and becomes only the second driver to land three titles since Jason North in 1999.
“I had one mission and that was to win all three classes,” Barnes said.
“I raced three classes back in the early 2000s and won two out of three; I also won two out of three last season.”
Having to adapt quickly to the different technical specifications of each kart was one of the biggest challenges facing Barnes.
“It’s really difficult because you’re jumping in three different karts that have different set-ups, different braking points,” said Barnes, who praised the contributions of his mechanics Antoine Smith and Andre Durham.
“The Shifter is totally different to the Tag and the Tag is totally different to the L206.
“The first couple of laps in every race you have to get used to that kart again. It’s night and day from kart to kart.”
Barnes, who has won 15 classes, making him the most successful BKC driver, said he intends on concentrating on competing in the United States next season.
“I don’t know what my plans are [locally] next year,” Barnes added. “I intend on putting more time into doing overseas races.
“Running three classes gets expensive and I put all of my racing budget into racing in Bermuda this season.”
Barnes will be driving in the Rock Island Grand Prix in Illinois, the Las Vegas Skusa SuperNationals and Daytona International Speedway in Florida before the end of the year.
“I’ll be pushing for wins in all three,” he said. “I’ve won Rock Island three times and I won Daytona last year.
“It will be the first time I’ve raced in the SuperNationals for three years.
“It’s the Super Bowl of karting and it’s against the best of the best. That’s the ultimate dream for any karter.”