Flying Scotsman Barry Horne faces the busiest three days of his racing career next week when he attempts to stay on top of both the Autosport Caterham Eurocup and the IGC Caterham Superlight Challenge.
On Friday (13 Sep), Barry will be at Dijon qualifying for and racing in the first of the Eurocup's twin French races. Race two is early Saturday morning - and that's when the fun starts for Barry, who will dash to Dijon airport for a scheduled flight to Stansted, and thence by private plane to Thruxton in Hampshire, hopefully well in time to take part in Saturday afternoon's qualifying session for the penultimate round of the Superlight Challenge.
"It's a tight schedule but it looks workable," says Barry. "We'll have fun trying, anyway!" Although there's time for Horne and key members of the Team Parker Racing squad to shuttle between the two tracks, the operation will require the use of two different chassis.
Twenty-four-year-old Barry enjoys a handsome lead in both championships after six UK race victories from eight outings and three out of four wins in Europe. His only remaining rival for the British crown and the £10,000 in cash which goes with it is John Gladman, 16 points adrift but far from ready to give up the fight.
"I'll beat Barry before the season's over," promises John, "and I reckon that Thruxton probably offers a very good chance for me..." John's title bid will be backed up by his Taran Microsystems-backed TFM team-mate Keith Robinson, who is looking to secure third place in the championship in the face of stiff competition from Team Comma's Jason Sutherland.
Horne could wrap up the Superlight title at Thruxton: if Barry wins the race, John must finish at least third to take the battle down to the wire at the Brands Hatch Caterham Festival on 5/6 October. If Horne finishes in second or lower, then Gladman must finish no more than three places behind him.
With Richard Hay forced to miss the Dijon races through prior racing commitments, the French leg of Horne's marathon should be a lot easier for him. The 2001 Superlight Champion, Chris Cooper, is likely to be his closest challenger.
The IGC Caterham Superlight Challenge in association with Autosport and the Autosport Caterham Eurocup enjoy the additional backing of Mitchell Cotts, MG XPower, Stack, Bilstein, Minister, Arch Motors, Comma and Cooper-Avon Tyres.
Superlight Challenge provisional placings: 1 Barry Horne (Dunfermline), 156 points; 2 John Gladman (Benfleet), 140; 3 Keith Robinson (Camberley), 104; 4 Jason Sutherland (Caterham), 97; 5 Luc Paillard (FRA/Sevenoaks), 82; 6 Rob Griffiths (Rawdon), 81, etc.
Eurocup provisional placings, Superlight: 1 Horne, 78; 2 Richard Hay (Droitwich), 61; 3 Ross Maxwell (NZ/London), 54; =4 Simon Crompton (Tunbridge Wells) & Chris Cooper (Kings Langley), 52, etc. Roadsport: 1 Clive Richards (Itchingfield), 80; 2 Olcay Kipoz (Turkey), 69, etc.Published 5 September 2002