Barber makes positive test debut

British Formula Ford champion Westley Barber made a big leap up the motorsport ladder this week when he tested a Formula 3000 Lola for reigning International championship winning team Arden International at Misano in Italy

Barber makes positive test debut

Barber, 21, raced in Formula 3 two years ago but stepped back to the junior category to restart his career. He drove the F3000 Lola yesterday (Thursday) and impressed team boss Christian Horner with his mature approach.

"He did a very good job really," said Horner. "Obviously it's a quantum leap from Formula Ford, but he made no mistakes, no lock-ups, and felt his way in gently. He worked his way down to an extremely respectable time, about half a second off [Euro F3000 regular] Yannick Schroeder in our other car.

"By the end of the day his neck was feeling the strain a little, but Westley gave a very good account of himself," Horner added.

F3000 regular Patrick Friesacher topped the test for Coloni, ahead of team colleagues Vitantonio Liuzzi and Zsolt Baumgartner.

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