Welcome, Taylor Barnard!

A brand-new Academy racing team needs amazing talent to make it work. So we’d like to officially welcome Taylor Barnard as the very first to suit up of the new team. Taylor, has come through Nico Rosberg’s academy on the real track, graduating from junior to senior karting in 2019 where he finished second in the World Championships.

More recently, he has singed to race for the new BWR Motorsports team in ADAC Formula 4, again representing the Rosberg Academy. In 2019, he finished 9th at Monza after starting 25th for the AKM Motorsport team, that’s impressive in anyone’s books.

Despite his years, Taylor brings a lot of real-world experience to the new Academy team, and we expect his name to be appearing in some top virtual races on your screens soon.

We caught up with Taylor to get to know him a bit better.

ARA: Hey Taylor, first, let’s get a bit of information about you, how old are you and whereabouts are you based?

Taylor: “I’m 17 and from Norwich in the UK”

ARA: Tell us how you came to join Apex Racing Academy Team?

Taylor: “I wanted to get into professional sim racing and saw Apex as a good opportunity. ”

ARA: What are you looking forward to most having officially joined the team?

Taylor: “Getting to work and up to speed. Focusing on the upcoming events! ”

ARA: What is your first motorsport memory?

Taylor: “Watching f1 seeing the title fight in 2007 at Interlagos. ”

ARA: Do you have any real-world racing experience?

Taylor: “I started when I was 7 Years old in bambino karts and progressed through UK karting and became multiple British champion in 2017, then moving to European karting becoming vice world champion in 2019 and vice European champion in 2020.”

ARA: What is your proudest achievement in real racing?

Taylor: “Vice karting world champion 2019, Vice European champion 2020”

ARA: What was your first racing game?

Taylor: “f1 2002”

ARA: How and when did you get started in Sim Racing?

Taylor: “June 2020 during covid, I saw events going on and got involved! ”

ARA: Your most memorable race in sim racing?

Taylor: “Getting to 8k in official ”

ARA: Do you specialize in a car/class type?

Taylor: “Pcup / gt3”

ARA: Describe your Sim setup

Taylor: “My sim consists of, Sim lab P1~X,Fanatec Formula V2 wheel, Fanatec DD1 Wheelbase, SimTag Pedals (No clutch), Samsung 49″ Ultrawide monitor 60HZ, Sparco Grid~Q Seat.”

ARA: Any upgrades planned?

Taylor: “Im planning on upgrading monitor to either triples or better refresh rate monitor.”

ARA: What is your favourite Track? And Car?

Taylor: “Motegi / audi gt3”

ARA: What is one track that should be on iRacing?

Taylor: “Mugello”

ARA: And one car that you feel is missing?

Taylor: “Tattus formula 4 ” (We saw this one coming….yes that’s Taylor! )

ARA: And to finish off, tell us what your Dream Road Car would be?

Taylor: “Mercedes amg c63”

You can keep up to date with Taylor’s real-world racing on his website –https://www.taylorbarnard.com

For all his Apex Racing Academy Team news, you are in the right place, look out for him in a race near you soon.

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