Just Car Insurance Top six Bathurst finish
Elliot Barbour has finished sixth overall at the latest round of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Barbour recorded a fifth place finish in race three, setting up a strong run home for the Victorian with two rounds remaining in the season, including the Gold Coast 600 this weekend.
Two practice sessions on the Thursday of Bathurst saw Elliot record the 11th quickest time in both with a one second improvement in overall times being gained from practice one to practice two. A two second improvement in lap times was delivered in qualifying, putting Elliot also within the lap record time at Bathurst. A post session penalty for a ‘parc ferme’ infringement relegated Barbour to ninth for the start of race one.
After working his way to seventh in the opening race of the weekend, the reverse grid draw for Saturday’s second race would favour Barbour and further boost of his chances of a strong round result, starting from the front row. Elliot worked himself to the lead in the outset of race two as he began his charge to pull away from the field before a mistake at the end of lap two pushed him back to tenth by the fall of the chequered flag.
A strong drive from the Just Car Insurance Racing pilot in race three had Elliot sitting in fifth by the end of lap one, before rising to fourth on lap four. Barbour would settle to cross the line in fifth, subsequently finishing the round in sixth overall. The next round of the series takes Elliot to the streets of Surfers Paradise as part of the Gold Coast 600 and with his strong passion and enthusiasm for the ‘concrete jungle’, Barbour will be aiming to cement his place in the series standings and work towards a top five Championship finish.
Elliot Barbour:“We made a steady start in practice and could definitely feel our setup changes were working from the first session to the second, picking up a second in our times. Qualifying was fairly successful, we were within the lap record time and were two seconds up on best practice time, so that was a good achievement, it was disappointing to have received the post session penalty for the ‘parc ferme’ infringement, but it filled me with more determination to push on in the races.”
“The first race was a good result for us and kick-started our weekend strongly. The reverse grid went in our favour as well, putting me on the front row of the grid for race two. To lead the race at Bathurst was an amazing feeling, our strong race pace was well and truly on show, we were also able to deliver some great exposure on the big stage for Just Car Insurance.”
“I learnt from my mistake in race two and it gave me even more determination to push towards a strong finish in Sunday’s race. To take fifth was a great result in race three after starting eighth in the shorter race, it handed us sixth for the round which was another healthy boost to our Championship points with two rounds to go.”
“The Gold Coast track is one of the tightest and most difficult on the calendar and definitely rewards focus and determination. I really love the street circuits, they are a great test of skills, in particular in the V8 Utes so I’ll be hoping to turn it on for the fans and my sponsors from the outset. Our result at Bathurst has certainly given me a great boost leading up to the Gold Coast being the business end of the season, and I’m looking forward to being back at the front in the Just Car Insurance Racing Holden V8 Ute.”
Round seven of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series - fuelled by Hogs Breath Café will take place as part of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600, Surfers Paradise, Queensland from 24-26.