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All on the line for Scott Barnes in Skusa Pro Tour series finale

All or nothing: Scott Barnes faces an uphill struggle in the Skusa National Pro Tour Series finale

Scott Barnes is hopeful Lady Luck is firmly on his side as he attempts to clinch title glory against the odds in the Skusa National Pro Tour Series finale.

The 36-year-old flew out to United States yesterday in preparation for the fifth and sixth rounds of the series next weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park, Indianapolis, as he aims to make amends for a torrid outing at the Utah Motorsports Campus track in the previous round.

Barnes headed into the races aiming to build on his slender lead from the opening rounds but was left reeling after surrendering the advantage in the Masters Shifter class, having turned in an underwhelming performance that resulted in a fourth-place finish and a DNF.

As a result, the Bermudian driver heads into the finale some way off the pace in second place in the overall standings and while, Barnes has not given up hope of securing the title, he is aware of the magnitude of the task at hand.

“I’m sitting in second in the standings but unfortunately the first-place driver has quite a bit of a big gap on myself and the third-placed driver,” Barnes said.

“I’ll definitely be aiming to win some races and then obviously you always need a bit of luck to win a championship. So I hope that’s the case for me.

“The minimum aim is to secure at least the second place, but if I can somehow manage to win the title, then obviously I’d be delighted.

“All I can do is win as many races as I can, get on the top of that podium, and see where I eventually end up in the standings.”

Despite facing an uphill struggle to get his hands on silverware, one big positive for Barnes is his familiarity with the New Castle Motorsports Park, significantly something he was lacking in his previous outing in Utah.

“I have raced at the track in Indianapolis before, so it is a track I am familiar with, which is great,” he added.

“The last track in Utah I had never raced there and so I was forced to try and learn the track really quickly. In the end, it took me some time to get used to the track, which obviously put me at a disadvantage.

“However, for these final two rounds I should be a lot more comfortable racing on a track I’m familiar with, which should help with everything on the line.”

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Published August 07, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated August 07, 2021 at 7:53 am)

All on the line for Scott Barnes in Skusa Pro Tour series finale

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