Barley reflects on Championship winning campaign
Barley reflects on Championship winning campaign

Tom Barley has had a phenomenal racing season, which culminated in being crowned champions in the GT4 Championship in the Britcar Endurance Championship for 2018.

Speaking to Kent Sports News about his 2018 race season in which he teamed up with Simon Rudd for the second time and continued their successful partnership.
He said: “Simon and I have had a phenomenal 2018 season, taking 14 podiums from 14 races and becoming GT4 champions! It’s a great thing we’ve got going, and we’ve pushed each other all year.

“The season was almost perfect! We narrowly missed out on the overall championship after dropped scores were factored in. A shame, but we mustn’t grumble. It’s been a sensational season, with thanks to Team HARD. racing and”

The season came to an end for Tom and Simon at their home circuit of Brands Hatch, in the Britcar into the Night race, which saw them take the chequered flag in first place.

He added: “A season finale win was pretty special. We wanted to end on a high, and we certainly did that. There’s nothing better than spraying champagne with your mates at the end of a race weekend. Racing in the dark at Brands Hatch is truly remarkable.”

At the start of the season Tom set a target for the season ahead, and when the curtain came down on the season he had achieved what he wanted to achieve – winning the GT4 championship.

“It was our goal, but you never want to assume you will achieve it. We showed early on that we meant business, but were pushed very hard in what was the most competitive class.”

With the season now at an end, Tom is already turning his attention to 2019 and the options for both himself and Simon Rudd.

He said: “2019 looks genuinely exciting. It’s going to be a case of go hard, or go home, literally!”

Finally we asked Tom if there was a race from 2018 that stood out as one of his highlights, and there was one that did stand out for him.

He added: “Oulton Park was a highlight for me, taking pole position at what was previous a bogey track for me. My lap was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Thanks to our driver and data coach for getting me there.”

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