MOTORSPORT: Bundaberg's Mason Barbera believes his good Bathurst performance can lead to a great end to his season.
The teenager finished ninth in the Dunlop Super 2 Series 250km race at Mt Panorama, in his first Supercar race at the mountain.
Barbera, starting from 12th, rose to as high as sixth with strategy before a late mistake moved him down in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore.
"We had really good pace and we just stayed out of trouble,” he said.
"I had a little bit of a run-in with (Paul) Dumbrell at the end, which sent me off the track.
"It was a strong result for us.”
Barbera couldn't get over how good it was to drive a Supercar at the mountain.
"The utes were cool to drive but the Supercar was unreal,” he said.
"It felt great but you needed a lot of concentration.
"Words can't describe what it is like to drive around there.”
Barbera will now prepare for the final round in Newcastle in the last week of November.
"The boys will be hard at work to get it ready,” hesaid.
"I'll be sitting here in Bundaberg growing watermelons.”
Before that, Barbera will compete in the final round of the V8 Ute series on the Gold Coast.
It will be the last round for the category before it goes to Superutes next year.
"I'll be jumping in, I can't wait to race in it again,” he said.
"I'll be going out there to win and make it a good one for myself and the team.”
Barbera will compete in the Gold Coast round from October 20-22.