Jack BarlowThe popular website www.chavtowns.co.uk – the self-styled, ‘scourge of estate agents and local councillors’ – is not kind to Larkhall, offering a grim description of life there – especially at weekends.

Whilst the website paints a dark, ‘Broken Britain’-esque picture of the small Lanarkshire town, it fails to mention its famous kart circuit, which Mini Max star Jack Barlow loves.

He and his Wavertree Motorsport team had made the long, nine-hour journey up to Scotland for the fourth round of the British Super 1 Championships (11/12 July), and after a difficult previous race, needed a strong result if he was to maintain his title challenge.

“At Buckmore Park (Kent) in June, I had a bit of a tough time. It was warm all weekend and the kart I had at the time was ballistic in cold, damp conditions but we couldn’t get it to work when it was hot and dry. We bought a new Alonso kart from Dan Holland Racing and straight away I was back on the pace. As we drove up to Scotland we were preying that it would be sunny – and surprisingly enough, it was!”

His change of chassis was vindicated when he posted the second-fastest time overall in Timed Qualifying but after the two heats, he candidly admitted to not having his “race head on” and could only finish fifth on both occasions.

These results were still good enough to give him a third row start for Sunday’s first, points-scoring final.

After surviving a second lap scare and dropping places, Jack began to pick his way through the traffic and eventually got up to third. Taking another driver with him, he caught the leader but bided his time before, with just one minute to go, making his move. “I went to pass (the leader) going into the right-hander at the end of the main straight. I managed to do it but the driver behind tried to follow me, got it wrong and only succeeded in backing up the chasing pack behind him.”

This handed the advantage to Jack and he comfortably secured the victory, along with a haul of vital championship points plus pole-position for the main final.

The young Sussex star got a superb start and quickly opened a gap. He led for the first twelve laps, but bit by bit was reeled in by a small gaggle of karts. Two drivers were able to pass him, but as they fought each other, Jack re-passed them. With just two laps remaining, he again found himself demoted to second but prepared to make his decisive move.

As he did an impetuous manoeuvre for the lead by the driver behind him saw the pair touch and Jack momentarily ran off the circuit. He recovered to secure fourth, but knew he’d been denied another podium.

“I was annoyed because it’s happened before with the same person. Looking at the positives though, I came away with good points and I’m up to third overall now.”

With just two races remaining, he added “It’s not going to be easy (to win overall). My closest rivals will need to have bad rounds, which I don’t really see happening. They’ve been very consistent. I’ve just got to remain focused and go for top three finishes from here on in”.

Jack’s returns to action this weekend, when he competes in the 5th round of the Formula Kart Stars Championship, at the superb PFi circuit near Grantham in Lincolnshire (18/19 July).

Keep up to speed with Jack and his career by clicking on www.jackbarlow.co.uk.

Photo by Chris Walker / Kartpix.