Barbera is on track: ex-champ
MOTORSPORT: Former Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom likes what he has seen from Bundaberg's Mason Barbera.
The Prodrive Racing driver and teammate Cameron Waters were in Bundaberg on Thursday for a promotional visit with Castrol Racing.
They visited Bundaberg North State High School and met with fans at Autobarn.
Both soaked up the Queensland sun ahead of the next round of the championship, the Sandown 500, in Victoria next week.
Winterbottom has said, based on the limited time he has seen him in action, Barbera had made a good start to his Supercars career.
"He's had a couple of good results and seems to be going okay,” he said.
"He's certainly progressed through the categories.”
Winterbottom knows all about the series Barbera competes in: he won the inaugural championship in 2003.
He said Barbera just needed to persist.
"It's a tough category,” he said.
"You just stick at it, they'll say no more than yes but when you get to the top, it's all worth while.
"If he gets good support from people in the area, I'm sure he will be fine.”
Waters, who won the same championship in 2015, agreed with Winterbottom.
"It's pretty full-on but you just keep learning and improving on yourself,” he said.
"If you want it enough, keep pushing.
"The tough times are challenging but that's what makes you better.”
Winterbottom and Waters visited Gladstone yesterday before heading back to Victoria for the Sandown 500 and the Pirtek Endurance Cup, which starts on Friday.