Barlow passes Brands Hatch test

Jack Barlow pours over data with Huw Wright, Mark Godwin and Dean Smith

Jack Barlow pours over data with Huw Wright, Mark Godwin and Dean Smith

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TEENAGER Jack Barlow impressed on his maiden run in a BARC Formula Renault single-seater racing car at Brands Hatch.

Having now completed his glittering time in karts, the highly-rated, multiple-championship winner is considering the brand new Formula 4 series - and the established BARC Formula Renault championship - as the launch pad for the next phase of his career.

Pett-based Barlow said: “I wanted to complete my education in karting and get some big wins under my belt. I’ve done that now and am ready to push myself in a new arena.”

Having tested with the Mark Godwin Racing team at Rockingham, the 17-year old Loughborough College student was keen to work with them again.

“I’ve only ever been to Brands as a spectator and hadn’t sat in a Formula Renault before Wednesday,” he said.

With excellent feedback from the engineers, driver coach Dean Smith and Godwin himself, Barlow began to push himself and the car in the afternoon sessions and his lap-times fell.

MGR owner Godwin said: “His feedback was very good for a driver with such little experience in single-seater racing cars. His pace and control in all the slow and medium speed corners was a match for the more experienced drivers we have been working with recently.

“I feel that after a structured test and development programme over the winter, Jack will likely be running at the front of whichever championship he chooses to compete in 2013.”