Perfect outing for dominant Scott Barnes at Southside Raceway
Scott Barnes was at his dominant best at the Southside Raceway in the sixth round of the Bermuda Karting Club National Championships on Sunday.
Fresh from claiming a second-place finish overall in the Skusa Winter Tour Championship in the United States, Barnes returned to the island and enjoyed a perfect outing across two different classes.
Kicking off proceedings, the club president finished with a faultless record in the Tag Senior class, winning each of the three heats.
Brian Bulholes had to settle for second place in each heat, with Bilal Binns completing the podium with three successive third-place finishes.
Building on that momentum, Barnes also finished with a perfect record in the L206 Seniors class, taking the chequered flag in each of the three heats. Jeff Sousa took second place in the opening heat but had to settle for back-to-back fourth places in the next two races.
Rian Lindo finished behind Barnes in heats two and three, while David Barbosa completed the top three in each of the races.
Ryan Rebello further cemented his place at the top of the Shifter class standings but he was made to work hard by the emerging Blake Horseman.
Having taken victory ahead of Horseman in the opening heat, Rebello could only muster a fourth-place finish in the second, with his main rival taking the chequered flag ahead of Ryan Burgess.
However, Rebello responded again in the third, edging out Horseman, to finish the day with two victories out of three. Burgess proceeded and followed up his second place in heat two, with third-place finishes in the two other heats, while Jorja Thomas completed the top three in the second race of the class.
Meanwhile, there was perfect consistency from the three drivers in the Modified Shifter class in which Shannon Caisey ended with a perfect record, ahead of Ben Savill and Devon Durrant in each of the heats.
While there was only two competitors in the L206 Masters class it proved a close fought battle on track between Bobby DeCosta and Robert Wheatley.
The former proved victorious in the opening heat before Wheatley responded in perfect fashion to prevail in the remaining two to finish the day on top.
There was also some close racing in the Tag Junior class where an exciting contest was played out on track between Nathan DeCosta and J’auza James.
Much like the battle in the L206 Masters class, DeCosta claimed victory in heat one, only for James to bounce back and come on top in the next two. Nile Bean completed the top three in each of the heats.
While, Barnes enjoyed a memorable day on track, he was left to bemoan the Government’s “Return to Play” guidance initiative and the sport being forced to continue observing restrictions including splitting the race day into two instalments.
“It’s frustrating having to still be doing these split race days when we are seeing larger numbers at an outside bar but we can’t do the same on a wide open outside track,” he said.
“It’s tough to see that Government is still restricting some non-close-contact sports they way they are, but I suppose we have to be glad that we can still continue to race.
“We are thankful that we are racing and everyone seems to be having fun, but we are all looking forward to going back to more normal race days.
“I have to thank St John Ambulance service for being with us on race days, particularly as our days are longer than they used to be.”