Jack Barlow is poised to make his racing debut with one of international karting’s leading teams at Sarno in Italy this weekend (12-15 April).
The reigning Super One, Kartmasters and Rotax Cup champion is putting the final touches to his preparations before appearing in the opening round of the WSK Euro Series at Sarno, near Naples.
After his hugely successful 2011 campaign Barlow was invited to join the Italian Intrepid factory squad and contest the KF2 category.
“I watched my new team-mate Max Verstappen win the Winter Cup at Lonato (near Lake Garda) in February. He was the class act in the field and his victory demonstrated that I was joining one of the best outfits in the sport. The day after his win, the team put me out in a KF2 for the very first time – and in the pouring rain – but I quickly got to grips with it and was able to deliver some respectable lap times,” Barlow explained.
Indeed, one of the Intrepid mechanics described his performance as “one of the very best drives I’ve seen from someone sitting in a KF2 kart for the first time.”
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the Sarno circuit is one of the most popular tracks on the international calendar and Jack has been on the pace during testing there, especially in the wet: “I was very, very quick when it rained,” he said. “In the dry it took me a little longer to go faster, but I wasn’t 100%. I was making little mistakes and on top of that, I had flu and didn’t eat for two days.”
Now fully recovered, he is clearly looking forward to the challenge ahead - “I’m aiming for a top ten result and to be on the same pace as Max. He’s the man of the moment and I’m trying to be realistic, so I’m not going to say I am expecting just to turn up and win.”
Having previously spent his entire career racing with English teams, Jack is enjoying his new role with Intrepid and is gradually getting to grips with the language, food and culture: “It’s really good and is all going well. I have to explain with a lot of hand gestures, but thankfully my mechanic speaks a fair bit of English - especially the rude words. He’s taught me a few Italian swear words, which I learned before the polite ones. I know what I like to eat – zuppa minestrone, penne al ragu and dolci – but what I’d most like to be able to say on Sunday afternoon is ‘grazie mille, la mia Intrepid e stato fantastico!’ after getting a great result.”