Bar­boutis rac­ing to suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

YEAR 11 Aquinas Col­lege stu­dent Alex Bar­boutis has re­flected on be­ing crowned State cham­pion of the 2016 F1000 se­ries, clock­ing speeds faster than a V8 su­per­car dur­ing the sea­son in his go-kart.

Alex said it was amaz­ing to win the cham­pi­onship tro­phy, which was de­ter­mined by fi­nal points over the sea­son, af­ter a hard year of rac­ing.

He started the year slowly with fourth plac­ings in the first two races, but per­se­vered with prac­tice ses­sions, gym work and ses­sions with a sports psy­chol­o­gist, all of which ben­e­fited him on the track.

“I was then un­de­feated from round 3 on­wards un­til the end of round 6,” Alex said.

“I man­aged to break the lap record in round 4, with a lap time of 53.6872sec, which is two se­conds faster than a V8 su­per­car.

“Just prior to round 4, I was also blessed to have my fam­ily bring Francesco Sgromo over from Red Bull F1 Rac­ing Italy to coach me for a week and teach me data ac­qui­si­tion.”

Alex, who has been rac­ing go-karts since he was six be­fore adding F1000, hopes to con­tinue his run on the win­ner’s podium, aim­ing to con­tend at the Aus­tralian For­mula 4 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in 2018.

He has al­ready had of­fers to test for race teams in Asia and Europe this year, but says school comes first.

“God and bud­get will­ing, I hope to ad­vance my ca­reer be­yond 2017.

“My ul­ti­mate hope for my rac­ing is to reach For­mula 1 and be­come a cham­pion of the world like Daniel Ric­cia­rdo.”

Above: Alex Bar­boutis in ac­tion dur­ing the 2016 F1000 sea­son. Right: Ac­cept­ing the State cham­pion award from Daniel Ric­cia­rdo.

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