WA Go-kart champ aims to follow Daniel Ricciardo into F1


Above: Alex Barboutis in |action during the 2016 F1000 season. Right: Accepting the State champion award from Daniel Ricciardo.
WA Go-kart champ aims to follow Daniel Ricciardo into F1
Above: Alex Barboutis in |action during the 2016 F1000 season. Right: Accepting the State champion award from Daniel Ricciardo.

YEAR 11 Aquinas College student Alex Barboutis has reflected on being crowned State champion of the 2016 F1000 series, clocking speeds faster than a V8 supercar during the season in his go-kart.

Alex said it was amazing to win the championship trophy, which was determined by final points over the season, after a hard year of racing.

He started the year slowly with fourth placings in the first two races, but persevered with practice sessions, gym work and sessions with a sports psychologist, all of which benefited him on the track.

“I was then undefeated from round 3 onwards until the end of round 6,” Alex said.

“I managed to break the lap record in round 4, with a lap time of 53.6872sec, which is two seconds faster than a V8 supercar.

“Just prior to round 4, I was also blessed to have my family bring Francesco Sgromo over from Red Bull F1 Racing Italy to coach me for a week and teach me data acquisition.”

Alex, who has been racing go-karts since he was six before adding F1000, hopes to continue his run on the winner’s podium, aiming to contend at the Australian Formula 4 National Championship in 2018.

He has already had offers to test for race teams in Asia and Europe this year, but says school comes first.

“God and budget willing, I hope to advance my career beyond 2017.

“My ultimate hope for my racing is to reach Formula 1 and become a champion of the world like Daniel Ricciardo.”