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Barnes falls short of nine in a row

Scott “Skitchy” Barnes is edging closer to his goal of completing a clean sweep of wins in all three of his classes this season.

The Bermuda Karting Club president won eight of his nine races at the Rubis Southside Raceway last weekend: two in the Tag Seniors, three in the L206 Seniors and three in the Shifters.

He missed out on the full set of victories after making a tactical decision to preserve his tyres, withdrawing during the first lap of the opening heat of the Tag Seniors.

Blake Horseman claimed the honours in the first heat, following up with two seconds to preserve his lead at the top of the standings.

“I pulled off on the first lap and I probably should have stayed out there and raced,” Barnes admits.

“I was trying a tyre strategy ... trying to be on fresher tyres for the next race day. It kind of worked out.

“Blake's been racing great this season and is leading the points. I was able to take two away from him, though, which was good.

“I had a bad start to the Tag [this season] and it took me five race days to get my first win. I just couldn't get the motor and chassis tuned in properly.”

With four race days remaining in the series, Barnes is still hopeful of a clean sweep. His previous best outing was seven wins from nine earlier this season.

“I've been trying all season to get nine wins out of nine and I'm getting closer,” he said.

“I haven't run in three classes for about ten years. The last few years I've been running two, Tag and Shifter, and I've had a bunch of six for sixes.”

Another driver in peerless form during the eleventh race day of the season was Travis Lewis in the L206 Masters. He claimed three straight wins as Jeff Sousa came runner-up in each heat.

“That was Travis's first three wins of the season,” Barnes added. “That's coming off Jeff Sousa getting three wins in the last race day. That championship is really up for grabs.”

Nile Bean also took three wins in the Cadet class, although the feel-good story of the weekend was the return of Jacob Hines, who suffered a broken collarbone in an accident earlier in the season.

“My nephew Jacob got back in the car for first time in three race days since his flip,” Barnes said. “He took it slow, took it easy. It was definitely good to see him back.”

In the Tag Juniors Ashley Horseman took her first chequered flag, winning two of three heats, with Jorja Thomas securing a first and a pair of seconds. Ryan Burgess, the class leader, had mechanical issues.

• For more information on how to get involved and what the club offers, e-mail bermudakartingclub@yahoo.com or go to the club's Facebook page. Alternatively, call club president Scott Barnes on 505-1611 or committee member Travis Lewis on 535-0558

Hateful eight: Scott “Skitchy” Barnes fell one race short of a clean sweep of nine wins at the Rubis Southside Raceway

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Published March 02, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated March 01, 2018 at 11:45 pm)

Barnes falls short of nine in a row

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