Hugh Barter has confirmed his plans for what will be a busy 2022 season, with the young gun to run in two Formula 4 Championships this year.
Looking to make his mark on the international stage after his debut in the 2021 French Formula 4 Championship season, Barter will once again run in the French Championship this year, while simultaneously competing in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship as well.
The 16-year-old had a successful campaign in France last year, finishing second in his maiden season after accumulating two wins, six additional podiums and five top 5 finishes – retiring in only one race.
Following his first year in F4 after graduating from karts, Barter was proud of his efforts in 2021.
“I think it was an extremely successful year,” Barter said.
“If someone told me I was going to finish second in the championship at the start of last year, I would have been pretty stoked, so to actually finish there was awesome.
“After the first round I was second in the championship and I wanted to build on that initial strong performance.
“In the end it was a really successful year and I was really happy with where I ended up. Hopefully there’s room for some more improvement for this upcoming season.”
After coming so close to the title, Barter chose to compete in the series once again in hopes of winning the Championship.
The opportunity to compete in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship then came after Barter completed a successful test session with Campos Racing.
Campos Racing currently competes in the FIA Formula 3 Championship and the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and only recently joined the Spanish Formula 4 Championship.
Campos’ entry in Spanish Formula 4 last year came with promising results, as the team finished second overall in the Spanish F4 standings. With Barter as a new addition to the team for the upcoming season, he has the potential to take them to the next step.
Now in his second year in France, and more experienced in his driving, the Victorian will have plenty to draw back on as he looks to go one better in and claim the title.
“Everything I learned last season will help me this year,” Barter added.
“I think if I had the experience from the end of 2021 at the start of the year, I could have had a bigger chance at winning the title.
“I am hopeful that my experience last year can help me win the French Championship this year.
“Finishing second in 2021 has given me a lot more confidence coming into this new season, so I really am looking forward to it and I think I can do well in both championships.
“I tested with Campos last year and they were really happy with me and I was happy with them, so I’m looking forward to working with them for the 2022 season in Spain.
“This upcoming 2022 season and future years wouldn’t be possible without the support from my sponsors, so I just want to say a huge thanks to them, especially EZI UP&GO from Australia as well as AJR International, which is a new sponsor that helped me on my journey at the end of last year.”
In joining Campos Racing, Barter becomes the second Aussie to race for the Spanish outfit in recent times, with Tasmanian Alex Peroni having contested the FIA Formula 3 Championship with them in 2019 and 2020.
In addition to having multiple major backers supporting him, Barter has also become the latest user of SCOUTT – an online fundraising program for up and coming athletes. Motorsport Australia members can donate to his cause via the website here.
Barter’s 2022 season will start with the French F4 championship, which will begin at Circuit Paul Armagnac on April 16th, while the Spanish F4 championship starts two weeks later at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.
French F4 Championship Schedule
Round 1 - Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro (16-18 April)
Round 2 - Circuit de Pau-Ville, Pau (6-8 May)
Round 3 - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours (13-15 May)
Round 4 - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot (28-30 July)
Round 5 - Circuit de Lédenon, Lédenon (9-11 September)
Round 6 - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste (16-18 September)
Round 7 - Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet (14-16 October)
Spanish F4 Championship Schedule
Round 1 - Algarve International Circuit, Portimão (29 April-1 May)
Round 2 - Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera (28-29 May)
Round 3 - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Cheste (11-12 June)
Round 4 - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot (8-9 July)
Round 5 - MotorLand Aragón, Alcañiz (3-4 September)
Round 6 - Circuito de Navarra, Los Arcos (1-2 October)
Round 7 - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló (12-13 November)