Log In

Reset Password

Scott Barnes excited to have new chassis in packed field on pro tour

Back on track: Scott Barnes is competing in the Skusa National Pro Tour Series at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans this week

Scott Barnes is targeting further podium delight when he returns to the track in the Skusa National Pro Tour Series at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans from tomorrow.

Fresh from claiming a second-place finish overall in the Skusa Winter Tour Championship in Florida last month, the 36-year-old is aiming to get off to strong start in the Masters Shifters class in the first two rounds of the six-round series.

However, the Bermuda Karting Club president, who will be representing Harden Motorsports, is well aware of the task in hand, with a stronger field set to take to the track.

“Whenever I go into a race, my target is to win,” Barnes said. “However, it will be a little harder to do so here, as it’s a bigger class and will be a harder fight.

“To even podium in the Pro Tour against what are the best racers in North America would be huge.

“There will be some of the same guys who competed in Florida, but there will be more competitors and a better standard. I’ve heard a couple of former champions are coming back, so I will definitely have to earn a podium.

“I’ve driven around the track, but I’ve never raced it. Because of Covid-19 we weren’t allowed to race last year. It’s definitely one of the most physical tracks I’ve come across, but I’m really excited to get back out and race in the Shifters.”

Despite his impressive overall display in the Winter Tour, Barnes was left disappointed not to have taken top honours after being pipped to the title by main rival Freddy Rhemrev.

In an attempt to go one better this time around, the Bermudian will be competing with a new chassis; a move he feels could prove pivotal in his quest for glory.

“It will be the first time that I’m racing on the new chassis and I’m really excited about that,” he added. “Hopefully, it proves a big difference to the old one I drove on in Florida in the Winter Tour Series.

“A new one can be really important to a driver because the older ones don’t always respond and co-operate as you want them to.

“Obviously, that’s not an excuse for the disappointment in my performance in Florida, but I know the big difference a new chassis can make.

“Hopefully, it will prove to be like day and night compared to the last time I was on track.”

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published March 25, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm)

Scott Barnes excited to have new chassis in packed field on pro tour

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon