RACE DAY: Bundaberg's Mason Barbera (17) avoided the wild start to race 2 at Bathurst V8 ute race to finish sixth.
RACE DAY: Bundaberg's Mason Barbera (17) avoided the wild start to race 2 at Bathurst V8 ute race to finish sixth. Contributed

Bundy driver shines at Mt Panorama

MOTORSPORT: A podium finish and a fourth placing overall has seen a jubilant Mason Barbera complete a Bathurst weekend he is unlikely to forget.

An ecstatic Barbera described racing around Mount Panorama, hitting speeds of up to 260km in his Ford Falcon as "absolutely unreal”.

Mason, 18, finished all three races in seventh, sixth and third place respectively.

"The car was fast. All the cars around us were fast as well so it made for close racing,” he said.

"It was quite dewy on the track today but the car reacted nicely.”

"I came back with no damage so I am very happy.”

The Bundaberg V8 ute driver has entrenched himself in the top five drivers in the country and continues a stunning transformation as he becomes a genuine championship contender.

At Bathurst last year, Barbera finished 13th, 11th and 25th.

"Last year we were very green. I was a rookie and I made a couple of mistakes,” Barbera said.

"That's a massive credit to the team as well in how they have managed me and steered me in the right direction.”

Barbera finished sixth in race two in a time of 20min 39sec but believes he showed his skills and maturity on the track as he recovered from an early mistake.

"I made a mistake trying to make a big move, but I fought back well and showed my driving style where I can still be aggressive yet be clean and fair,” Barbera said.

"I wasn't happy with sixth position but was happy with how I kept my head for a mature drive.”

The speed has been there all year for Barbera but mechanical failures have hindered his opportunities.

Barbera will now rest briefly before the Gold Coast 600 in two weeks.

"I love street circuits,” he said.

"It's almost a home round for me because I'll have family friends there.”



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