Barbera aiming for podium
BUNDABERG'S Mason Barbera will be racing for a special cause this weekend in the V8 Utes.
As he attempts to secure his first win in the category at Phillip Island, Barbera will be racing for Team Mia Laveau's blood drive to be held on June 3.
On that day people are urged to give blood, if they can, and boost the numbers as one donation can save three lives.
Set up by Mia Pearce's family the drive aims to raise awareness for blood transfusions after their two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October.
With a third of transfusions going to cancer, the drive hopes to provide much-needed blood to anyone dealing with the debilitating disease.
Talking to the NewsMail Barbera said he was more than happy to help and will have a sticker of the drive on his car to raise awareness.
As he heads into this weekend in Victoria, the 18-year-old admitted he has had a few things not go his way ahead of the event.
"I'm unsure how I did it but I hurt my neck heading into the weekend," he said.
"I'll be fine to race though - I'd have to have two broken legs not to compete."
With no race experience as well at the circuit, the teenager knows he will need to learn quickly to succeed.
"I'll be looking at on board footage and hopefully getting into a hire car to learn about the circuit," he said.
"I'm not too concerned though and know Peters Motorsport and IOR Petroleum will give me a good car this weekend."
He said he was aiming for another top-three finish.
"We hope to be top eight in practice and build from there over the weekend."
Barbera will compete in the V8 Utes today in two practice sessions.