Barbera finding his groove in Super 2
SLOWLY but surely, Bundaberg's Mason Barbera is starting to feel he belongs in the Dunlop Super 2 Series.
The talented teenager recorded his best ever finish in the series with ninth in race two in the latest round in Townsville on Sunday.
But it wasn't just the result that was impressive.
Barbera had pace as well with the Garry Rogers Motorsport driver just outside of the top ten in both qualifying sessions, finishing 12th and 13th.
The only blemish to the weekend contact from drivers Matt Chahda and Renee Gracie during race one, damaging the back and front of his car as he finished 21st.
"It was a big improvement and 100% better than the previous few rounds,” Barbera said.
"Everything I've done in the past two months - testing and an engine change - has definitely added up,” he said.
Barbera was pleased to finish both races in a chaotic weekend of action.
In race two, seven drivers did not finish.
"We had speed in race two but had front end contact which damaged a bit of the steering in the car,” he said.
"We got up to 10th before the safety car and then was able to make a move at the restart which got us to ninth.”
But while Barbera is happy with the result, he knows the job isn't done yet.
"The car was good but was not quite there.
"There are also areas in my driving which I'm not exactly on top of yet.”
Barbera now moves up to 17th in the standings as he prepares for the next Dunlop Super 2 round at the Sydney Motorsport Park.
Barbera's next race meet will be in the V8 Utes at Queensland Raceway later this month.