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Barbosa’s switch pays off with title

Number one: David Barbosa celebrates a win with Ron White, a team mechanic, from the United States

David Barbosa has underlined his dominance in the L206 Masters class by wrapping up the title with two race days of the Bermuda Karting Club season remaining.

Not bad considering this is his first season since switching from the Tag Seniors to the L206 Masters class so he could concentrate on promoting the club’s “Arrive and Drive” and rental programmes.

Despite winning the championship with six heats to spare, Barbosa insists he has been pushed to his limits by his rivals on his road to victory.

“There’s been some really good competition between myself Jeff Sousa, Travis Lewis, Bobby DeCosta and Robert Wheatley,” Barbosa said. “It’s been a real challenge to beat those guys.

“I’d say I’ve been getting my feet wet in the L206 Masters this season. The main thing has been staying consistent and managing my tyres throughout every race.

“The L206 doesn’t have lot of horse power; it’s more of a momentum rolling speed. It’s about producing consistent times.”

Although Barbosa has been racing for 32 years, he has often found titles hard to come by, finishing second on multiple occasions behind top local drivers such as Scott Barnes and Jason North.

Barbosa’s title triumph also put the skids on Jeff Sousa’s hopes of winning a third straight L206 championship.

“Jeff is a team-mate and works alongside me,” Barbosa said. “We work together and share our input; it works really well for us. We’ve also had people like Patrick Ingham and Marcus Pimental help us out.

“Without their assistance we wouldn’t have been able to get this championship.”

“With two races to go, I’m just going run my normal race days and have fun. It’s been a great season.”

For more details about the Arrive and Drive programme call David Barbosa on 777-1193 or e-mail davidbarbosa@northrock.bm. 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 Scott Barnes on 505-1611