Barbour ends V8 Ute season on a high with Sydney race win
Friday 12th December 2014
A healthy improvement in lap times between practice one and two saw Elliot rise to sit ninth in the second session, setting up a convincing start to the final round of the year on the streets of Sydney. Barbour continued his impressive trend of lap times in qualifying, however a post session technical infringement would exclude him from the session, forcing a rear of grid start for race one.
After starting in 28th, Elliot made a convincing start in race one, finding himself in 15th by the end of lap one, before rising to 11th on lap five which is where he would remain to the fall of the chequered flag. With the top twelve being reversed for race two, based on the random grid draw from the opening race results, Elliot would start on the front row.
Barbour led the field for the opening five laps, with the race being shortened to seven laps due to a Safety Car intervention. Despite crossing the line in second, a post-race penalty to the winner elevated Elliot to the victory, handing him a third place start for the final race of the year. An enthralling battle for the lead would be engaged from the opening lap, with Barbour at the front for the first four laps before settling for third, delivering him a tenth place finish overall for the round.
“I had reasonable pace during the two practice sessions on Friday, being inside the top ten in practice two which helped to ensure we would be in a good position for qualifying. We worked hard as a team to identify a setup that would ensure we could run at the front, with the weather likely to change on a regular basis.”
“It was disappointing to have been excluded from qualifying after again showing some good pace, while it would really affect our position for race one, I was confident in knowing the Just Car Insurance Racing Holden V8 Ute would have the pace to move through the field in the first event and from there, gradually work our way inside the top ten.”
“I became a strong beneficiary of the reverse grid draw for the start of race two, being on the front row, and after our mixed start to the weekend, to come away with a win certainly gave me a big confidence boost ahead of the final race of the year. I was engaged in a great battle right through race three for the lead, being at the front for a couple of laps. It was a great feeling to be competitive against some very fast and experienced drivers.”
“It’s been a good season for us overall, getting a number of race wins. I can’t thank my sponsors enough, in particular our naming rights partner, Just Car Insurance. We have achieved some great results off-track and I have really enjoyed working with the brand. I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel next season.”