Barry-John McHenry, from Raheny in Dublin, will contest the 2022 British Fiesta ST Championship. The former Irish Dunlop Abarth Champion will remain with his team Kellett Motorsport for his first full season of racing overseas. Barry-John has been racing since 2006 and has been part of the Kells based Kellett Motorsport team since 2011.
Supported by his loyal sponsors Dunshaughlin Motor Company, McHenry Car Sales Ltd, Carzone, Kellett Motors, Dunshaughlin Motors and JH Autobody, he plans to take on all 7 weekends with 18 Races throughout the UK. Barry-John is no stranger to Fiesta STs having previously raced the older model in the Irish ST series over the last 4 seasons. He was a regular podium finisher and finished fourth in the Championship twice and fifth last time out in 2020. This season, he will be racing the newer generation Fiesta ST which packs a punch with its 1.6 Turbo engine producing 240BHP and over 350ft pounds of torque and runs on on 18” Slick Goodyear tyres.
Barry-John is aware of the mammoth task in hand with some of the UK’s top teams competing on Britain’s best tracks. Kellett Motorsport will run a two-car team with Barry-John’s team mate being multiple Saloon car Champion and former UK ST Champion Alastair Kellett. Alastair is also Barry-John’s team boss so the two have a fantastic working relationship. They are both looking forward to a fantastic season ahead.
When Barry-John was offered the chance to do a full season in the UK by the team he immediately agreed a deal. “It has been long time goal of mine to do a top British Championship!”, said the former Future Classic Sean Kelly Memorial trophy winner.
Barry-John, who runs his Motor Dealership in Dunshaughlin Co Meath, has spent most of his racing life in one make saloon series and is thriving for the opportunity to perform on the bigger stage. The season kicks off in Brands Hatch on the 9th Of April. A huge thanks goes out to all Barry-John’s sponsors, supporters and the team.
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