The Barbs on the way up
Friday 25th July 2014
A first podium and a personal best round result in the V8 Utes was a very nice way top off the Townsville 500 for Just Car Insurance Racing's Elliot Barbour.
Round four of the 2014 V8 Ute series took place at Townsville's Reid Park street circuit, which Elliot is very fond of.
Friday was an extremely hectic day with three on track sessions. The #57 was flying and yet again recorded a strong top ten qualifying position.
Race one saw Elliot in some epic battles, bringing home the Just Car Insurance Racing Ute in eighth position.
'I am very happy with that, our car pace was good all race and I was able to press on for a strong result.'
The second reverse grid race was an inversion of the top ten. A second row starting position was a great reward for Barbour. The #57 got of to a great start and survived an incident packed race, Barbour managed to work his way through to second. With speed on board he fought for the lead with team mate Nathan Pretty for a number of laps until the chequered flag came out.
'My first race podium in Utes, I will take that. I fought hard with Nathan, but had to control myself considering he is my team mate. Bring on race three!'
Race three started with a frantic pace and a seven car battle for the top couple of positions. Elliot held his own bringing the Just Car Insurance ute home in sixth position and holding off series front runner David Sieders.
Over all for the weekend the Just Car Insurance Racing team finished fifth for the round and has now moved to eighth in the series standings.
'I am happy with the weekend, to have a personal best round result, to achieve my first podium race finish and to move into the top ten in the championship, things are really starting to gain momentum.
We have four rounds to go for the year, so let's aim for the stars!'
The series now takes a short mid season break before it heads to Melbourne's iconic, Sandown Raceway in September.
You can catch all the action this weekend from Townsville on 7 Mate, check local guides.