Japanese-Australian talent Hugh Barter has just completed an intense month of pre-season preparation prior to his upcoming Spanish and French F4 campaigns.
Barter has done plenty of training and testing alongside keeping up to date with his school studies.
Campos’ new recruit spent seven days at the Campos team gym and simulator preparing for the upcoming season.
He also participated in a two-day French F4 test at Nogaro driving the Generation two car. The first day of running was wet before the track dried on day two.
After the test the teenager said: “It was quite wet on the first day so it was good to get some wet practice in, in the Gen two. Especially, you know, it’s not always that you find yourself in these conditions so it was good to get some time like that.
“And then on the second day it dried up and we got some good testing in dry conditions and new tyres so it was good, ended up the first two days quickest overall so pretty successful.”
The Melbournian continued his testing schedule with a Spanish F4 outing at Motorland Aragón.
Barter drove on the Spanish circuit for the first time in the test learning the braking points and the track layout during day one.
Day two saw the teenager drive the second generation Spanish F4 car on the 3.321 mile circuit to wrap up a solid two days of running in Spain.
After the test Barter said: “Overall it was quite a successful two days of testing at a track I’ve never experienced.’’
After a sole day of testing at Le Mans’s Bugatti Circuit on the 1st of March he continued his Spanish F4 endeavours at Valencia.
The two days of action utilised both generations of Spanish F4 car on a track Barter enjoyed driving at. The teenager spoke highly of the Valencia circuit after the test: “That was actually quite a nice track to drive and I enjoyed it quite a fair bit.”
The teenager also met two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso over the winter.
Barter’s season begins on the 16th of April at Nogaro in French F4 with his Spanish F4 campaign beginning on the 29th of April at the Algarve International Circuit.
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