Rob Barff - Back In the Spotlight
It was a pleasant surprise to see Rob Barff's name on the side of
the Radical SR9 prior to the pre-season Paul Ricard tests and there
was more good Barff-related news yesterday, with the confirmation
that he will join Joao Barbosa aboard a Breckland Racing Mosler
in G2 in the FIA GT Championship.
thought my days of being paired with the old Portugese Warhorse
were over, but it's really very good news that Breckland have put
this programme together,” said Barff. “They are keen
to promote the road cars (which they build in the UK) and a solid
race programme is a great way to do that."
that he has embarked on a successful fitness programme over the
close season: "Towards the end of last year I was a bit overweight
and unhappy with my level of fitness but I got my act together and
have been training hard. I'm now fitter, stronger and in better
shape than ever before."
are no confirmed plans for Rob to race again in the Rollcentre Radicals,
he has "kept the dates for Spa free in my diary! The car is
very special indeed and there's so much more to come too."
It's been a
week or two of good news in the Barff household, with Rob's longtime
'significant other' Katherine Legge's excellent debut in Champcars
last weekend, an eighth place finish at the Long Beach Grand Prix
being the best finish in the series by a female driver. "She's
annoyed with herself though because she had a spin and could have
led a lap and finished fifth."
So what is
it like in a situation where both partners are involved in the high
pressure world of international motorsport?
very much a normal couple. We chat about our day at work and don't
really get directly involved in each others’ programmes. I'll
be travelling out to watch Round 3 of the Champcars (Round 2 clashes
with the Spa 1000kms) and I'm just delighted with the programme
she's got this year."
be seeing Rob in his other role again this season. "I've been
asked to do the commentary on Channel 4’s GT on 4 again, it's
something I really enjoyed last year and I'm delighted to be coming
back. The short programme on Channel 4 is fun but the hour long
version on Motors really allows me to put some technical background
into the programme."
Barffy is very
much becoming the Brundle of British GT racing - that's fine as
long as they don't employ James Allen to sit alongside him!