Barbour experiences mixed weekend on the Gold Coast
Just Car Insurance Racing’s Elliot Barbour has finished just outside the top ten after encountering a weekend of mixed results at the penultimate round of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – fuelled by Hogs Breath Café at Surfers Paradise with the Victorian looking to return to his season top five form at the final round at Homebush in just over a month.
After recording an overall top ten time from the two Friday practice sessions, Elliot looked to translate that form into qualifying, though a myriad of traffic on the narrow Gold Coast circuit impacted his chances of setting a fast time, placing him in 13th for race one. A convincing start was hampered in the opening event after being involved in an incident at turn two on lap one, with Barbour being relegated back to the rear of the field, before fighting his way back to 16th by the fall of the chequered flag.
Elliot set his quickest time of race two on lap two as he began his climb back up the order, moving his way to 14th by lap seven before the race was shortened, finishing on lap nine. Carrying his momentum from the improvements made during race one and two, Barbour worked his way up to 11th by lap seven which is where he would remain until the completion of the race. Elliot now turns his attention to the final round of the season on another street circuit at the Sydney 500 in Homebush.
“We made a pretty good start in practice, in particular in the second session where we were pretty much right on the pace and were heading in the right direction which is a great feeling around a difficult track. I got held up in qualifying with traffic which is always hard on a street track, I really enjoy the circuit but it’s not easy and it gave me a task for the races.”
“I was disappointed to be involved in the turn two accident in race one and that put us back a fair way after a positive start to the weekend. The Just Car Insurance Racing Ute had some good pace early in the race but with it being called after just seven laps it really affected our momentum to keep moving through the order in that event. We made up a couple of places in race two but again the race was shortened, I was quick in the early stages and that was something I was looking to carry through into the final race.”
“We achieved our second fastest time of the weekend in race three which was a good feeling knowing I had the pace right through until the end. I was a bit disappointed with how the weekend went overall, but it was a good recovery after being caught up in something that wasn’t our fault. It gives me plenty of determination to get back to the top at the final round in Sydney and charge hard for a podium.”
Round eight of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – fuelled by Hogs Breath Café will take place as part of the Sydney NRMA 500, Homebush, NSW from 5-7 December.