Race ace targeting top award

Jack Barlow celebrates on the podium at Snetterton in the most recent round of the Formula 4 Championship. Picture courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography
Jack Barlow celebrates on the podium at Snetterton in the most recent round of the Formula 4 Championship. Picture courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography

Teenage race ace Jack Barlow is appealing for nominations in his pursuit of a top motorsport award.

The Pett-based talent has been denoted in Autosport magazine as a driver that people may wish to put forward for a nomination for the 2013 McLaren Autosport Young Driver Award.

The McLaren Autosport BRDC Award was inaugurated in 1989 when future Formula 1 star David Coulthard won. Since then it has grown to include driving, simulation and fitness tests for six finalists each year, with the winner being announced at the AUTOSPORT Awards every December.

The aim is to boost the prospects of young British racing talent and the list of former winners is impressive. As well as Coulthard, 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button, Force India driver Paul di Resta, multiple IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, DTM aces Gary Paffett and Jamie Green, and sportscar stars Anthony Davidson, Oliver Gavin, Jonny Kane, and Darren Turner are all among the previous winners.

Barlow has performed admirably in the innaugral 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, and is in contention for the title, as he lies in second place in the drivers’ standings heading into this weekend’s finale at Donington Park.

Furthermore, he has taken the top rookie crown already, despite having a smaller budget than many of his counterparts. The Pett resident is positive about his chances of taking the overall title ahead of frontrunner Jack Hughes.

Barlow said: “Anything can happen at Donington, and we need to focus on getting as many podiums as we can. Ideally we’ll get a strong podium in race one, a good back-up finish in race two and another strong podium in race three, and then you never know what could happen, and we could be looking in very good shape. If we can go for the title there’s no way I’ll turn it down!”

If you’d like to put Barlow forward for a nomination, email autosport.editorial@haymarket.com entering “Nominations” in the subject line and “Jack Barlow” in the main body of the message. The deadline for nominations is Thursday.