Impressive Debut for Bartholomew at Pergusa
After securing a late deal to race for the Italian Team Imperiale Racing in the Italian GT Endurance Championship Jack had just one day of testing to acclimatise himself to the new car, the Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Along with this Jack also had two new teammates who would partner him along with racing at a circuit he has never been too before.
Arriving at the Pergusa circuit in Sicily they were greeted by rain and fog, which would limit the valuable track time they all needed. With the bad weather continuing through Friday and Saturday the organisers cancelled qualifying and replaced it with one 10-minute qualifying session on Sunday morning prior to the race. As the most experienced pro driver of the three-man Pro-Am crew the team elected to place Jack in the car for the 10-minute session. With rain still falling Jack did not disappoint and placed the car on Pole position in the Pro-Am class and third overall for the 2-hour race.
The team strategy would be for Jack to take the final stint of the two-hour race and as the race started the red flag was bought out after only 2 laps as the rain was too heavy and visibility was too poor to continue. With a one hour delay the race was restarted, teammate Mahaveer started the race and pitted on lap 21 handing over to Miguel who then handed the car to Jack on lap 36. Jack excited the pits in P8 but was having to manage some damage picked up earlier in the race. With the rain starting to ease slightly Jack set about chasing down the leading group and with a string of impressive lap times clawed his way back to P4 in Pro-Am at the flag.