Elbows out for Barbs
The trip north to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway for round three of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series was a tough one for Just Car Insurance Racing's, Elliot Barbour.
The weekend started off with great promise as Barbour put in another solid top ten qualifying performance.'I am happy with that, our qualifying performance is improving at every event, I am loving the gains we are getting on a green tyre.'
Race one saw the #57 Holden get off to a cracking start, moving forward a few places. Mid race a serious tussle developed with Ford competitor Wayne Wakefield, there was paint exchanged and doors were banging. Unfortunately Elliot came off second best from a serve from Wakefield which sent the Just Car Insurance Ute backwards into the sand trap. This ended the race for him as the safety car had to be deployed, sending him a lap down.
'Well that was frustrating, we were trucking along nicely, I like going toe to toe with other drivers but I was definitely not happy about the end result. I have some work ahead of me to get back up the front!'
A gutsy fight back in race two rendered a fifteen position gain and the same in race three which saw the Just Car Insurance ute finish just outside the top ten.'We passed a heap of cars today, our race pace was good and we stayed relatively out of trouble too. Bring on Townsville as I am looking for redemption, we need to get ourselves back up the front.'
With only a ten day turn around the Just Car Insurance Racing team will be busily preparing the Ute before the trek across the top end of the country to North Queensland, for Townsville's Castrol 500Reid Park street circuit and is a favourite of many of the drivers.
'I love the Townsville track, it has a bit of everything. We had a great event there last year, so I am looking forward to tackling it in the Holden.'
Round 4 of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series takes place next weekend, July 4 –6.
You can catch all the action from Darwin this Saturday on 7, check local guides.