Hugh Barter pleased with double victory at Magny-Cours to extend championship lead

Hugh Barter pleased with double victory at Magny-Cours to extend championship lead

Hugh Barter is pleased with his double victory at Magny-Cours which extended his championship lead to 67 points over Red Bull junior Souta Arao.

Barter won Race 1 and Race 3 of the weekend taking full advantage of the double pole position he earned in qualifying.

Contact In Race 2 at the Adelaide hairpin scuppered his chances of points in the second race of the weekend but the Australian still holds a commanding lead at the top of the championship.

Barter discussed his weekend and said: “So it was a good weekend overall obviously a bit disappointed in Race 2 I couldn’t really do much but maximised the two poles that I had. 

“So a good weekend good points and I think now the gap is 67 points.”

Race 2 saw a reverse grid with Barter starting in P10 but was involved in a collision which dropped him to P22.

The contact in Race 2 meant the 16-year-old dropped valuable points and his take on the collision was a racing incident.

He said: “I think it’s just a racing incident as I think there’s nothing I could do about that we’re going four wide into one corner and not everyone knew that was four wide and eventually there was some contact, it happens and I got the worst out of it.”

Tyre management isn’t much of a factor at Magny-Cours due to the circuit’s smooth surface compared to Nogaro or Lédenon in the French F4 championship.

“This track isn’t too bad on tyres compared to something like Nogaro or coming up Lédenon it’s probably one of the easier tracks as the surface of the track is pretty smooth and not as coarse. 

“But obviously there’s still some tyre management needed but compared to the upcoming tracks I’m sure it will be an easier one.”

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