Barbera pulls out of Utes to focus on Supercars
IN THE end, Bundaberg's Mason Barbera knows he has made the right decision to compete in one series instead of two.
The talented 19-year-old this weekend will race in the Dunlop Super 2 Series in Townsville, opting to miss the V8 Utes.
Barbera, with both events on this weekend, could have competed in the two series like he did in Phillip Island but knew he could only do only one.
"We want to concentrate on where we are heading, which is ultimately Supercars,” he said.
"It's opening new doors for us which is why we committed to that.”
The decision rules out any chance of winning the V8 Utes series with Barbera in the top two in the standings after the first round.
"We were a front-runner and confident we could win a championship,” he said.
"It's going to be hard watching them go around.
"The focus for us though is Super 2 and that is where we are going.”
Barbera heads into this weekend full of confidence after solving the issues that have plagued him in the past two Supercars rounds.
"We've put a new engine into the car between then and now to eliminate those issues,” he said.
"We also had a test day where we were really quick and just as quick as (teammate Richard) Muscat.”
Barbera also got advice from 2007 Supercars champion Garth Tander on the day.
"He was a massive help,” he said.
"He gave me a few pointers and helped put me in the right direction.”
The former karter was modest about his expectations this weekend.
"If we come out of the event ticking our own goals then it will be good.”
Barbera starts the round tomorrow with the first practice session at 10.10am.