MOTOR RACING: Mason Barbera is on the verge of being suspended from competing for six months.
MOTOR RACING: Mason Barbera is on the verge of being suspended from competing for six months. Contributed

Barbera faces suspension

BUNDABERG racer Mason Barbera faces up to six months on the sidelines in motorsport after being found guilty of reckless driving at two events in the V8 Ute championship this season.

Competing at the Gold Coast 600 at the weekend, in the category, Barbera was summoned to the stewards' room for a meeting after what happened at the Bathurst 1000 two weeks ago.

Contact with Tasmanian Adam Beechey, out of Forrest's Elbow before the long Conrod Straight in the final race of the weekend, sent him into the wall and ended his race and car.

While no penalty was handed to Barbera, and it was deemed a racing incident, a further investigation forced stewards to call the Bundaberg driver in for a meeting at the Gold Coast event.

At the stewards' hearing, Barbera pleaded guilty, and was penalised for the Bathurst incident with a $5000 fine.

With a further disciplinary hearing now organised, as it was his second misdemeanour for the year after an incident in Townsville in July, it has been requested he

receives a six-month suspension to his racing licence.

This would rule him out of the final round of the V8 Utes at the Sydney 500 in December, and also the first four months of next year if it is backdated to October 26 after the Gold Coast event.

This news compounded what was a tough weekend for the Ford driver at the Gold Coast.

It started well with an 11th in race one, and a front row start for race two thanks to a reversed grid.

In the race, Barbera ran strong, and kept his car out of trouble as he held a top three spot early.

Later in the race though, the 17-year-old made contact with South Australian Craig Dontas, and was involved in a track jam which pushed him all the way back to 22nd.

In race three, starting 15th, Barbera was force to retire after contact from Ryal Harris to the back of his Ford ute on lap two.

The NewsMail tried to contact Barbera but he refused to comment on the impending suspension. His official penalty will be finalised in three to five weeks.



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