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Scott Barnes hopes to be ‘king of the streets’

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Bermuda go-kart driver Scott Barnes is hoping to be crowned ‘King of the Streets’ when he races at the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix this weekend.

Barnes, who will compete in ten staggering classes, is aiming for multiple titles at North America’s largest and most prestigious street race.

The five-time winner made his Rock Island debut in 2001 and said the two-day event in Quad Cities – a metropolitan area on the Mississippi River in Illinois and Iowa – is one of the highlights of his karting season.

Last year he won one class and finished second in two.

“The Rock Island Grand Prix is ​​on my calendar every year,” Barnes told Bernews. “Since 2001 I’ve missed it twice, and one was due to Covid when they canceled it in 2020.

“It’s one of the most fun weekends of the year – the atmosphere is amazing. I love street racing, and it brings out high-level competition. A Rock Island trophy is the one everyone wants in their trophy case.

The Bermuda Karting Club president admits competing in ten of the 17 classes will feel like an “Ironman challenge”, but said he was excited about the mental and physical test.

“I’ve done seven or eight classes before, but I’ve never done ten,” said Barnes, who said he broke his ribs on the uneven streets of downtown Rock Island during of previous events.

“It’s a street race, so there’s no room for error. It’s bumpy, it’s tight, and there’s no runoff. One mistake and you’re in the security gates. Mentally, you have to be in the game at every turn. It will be a big test. »

Barnes, who will race for Ohio-based Magik Kart USA, plans to race 6 CKNA Grand Nationals in New Castle, Indiana next month, Skusa SuperNationals in Las Vegas in November and Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Florida. december. .

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