Barter enjoys strong start to season
Monday 18 April, 2022
Hugh Barter won the the opening race of the 2022 French F4 Championship season.
French F4 Championship
Hugh Barter has enjoyed a strong start to the French Formula 4 Championship having won in the first of the 2022 season.
With the first round held at the Circuit Paul Armagnac in Nogaro, Barter was one of the fastest all weekend, topping the timesheets in practice three times and going third fastest in the other two sessions.
When it came to qualifying, Barter was just as quick as he secured pole position by two tenths over the next best driver in local Frenchman Pierre Alexandre Provost.
The teenager then backed up his practice and qualifying pace with a start to finish win and dominating the field.
The second race of the weekend reversed the grid and Barter started from P10. Despite the track being known for being hard to pass, the youngster still managed to make three passes to finish seventh.
One more race remains in the opening round with the third outing to occur overnight.
European Le Mans Series
James Allen and Alex Peroni were entered in the first round of the European Le Mans Series and both drivers were behind the wheel of the same Oreca 07.
Racing in one of two Algarve Pro Racing entries alongside American John Falb, the duo put in a gallant effort for the opening round of the season at Circuit Paul Ricard but didn’t have the start they would have been hoping for.
With a huge field of 42 cars entered in the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, the trio could only finish as high as 18 and last of the LMP2 cars.
Their challenging start was as a result of a heartbreaking qualifying session where a red flag prevented the trio from posting a time – thus sending them at the back of the field and with a mountain of work to do.
Unfortunately, they were unable to make up as much ground on the rest of the field as they would have liked, however they still showcased their speed with the fourth fastest lap of the race.
The duo will be back next month with the 4 Hours of Imola in Italy on 15 May.