Bar­low to make BTRDA de­but in Som­er­set

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Reign­ing Ju­nior For­mula 1000 cham­pion Char­lie Bar­low will make a de­layed de­but on gravel in the BTRDA at the Som­er­set Stages this month in a 1400C Nis­san Mi­cra.

Bar­low’s plans changed when they could not get the Mi­cra’s en­gine ready for the Cam­brian.

“We wanted to take our time, get ev­ery­thing right and get some test­ing done as I still haven’t driven on gravel,” he ex­plained.

“We’ll go to Bly­ton and bed the car in, then we’ll go North Wales [on gravel] for a cou­ple of days af­ter Easter.”

Bar­low will also step up a class on the Plains Rally, which fol­lows Som­er­set, with a new en­gine as good as ready.

“For the Som­er­set we’ll have the 1400C en­gine be­fore we up­grade to the 1400S on the next round,” Bar­low added. “We’re get­ting about 125bhp out of it so it will be a good way for me to learn gravel be­fore we move up to the 1400S. It should have 190bhp so it will be a good step­ping stone.”

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