Mason Barbera is on right track according to his bosses
MOTORSPORT: "Your city should be proud of backing Mason."
Garry and Barry Rogers know talent when they see it in Supercars.
The father and son duo have been in the industry for over 50 years, racing and building cars in the series while nurturing the best young talent in the country.
Now, they like what they see in Bundaberg's Mason Barbera.
The duo will visit the Rum City tomorrow, the city of their driver.
They will visit the sights and hope to forge stronger ties with Barbera and his sponsors.
Barbera has been racing with the outfit this season in the Dunlop Super 2 Series.
He is 15th in the standings ahead of the final round in Newcastle this week.
Barry, the team administrator, said Barbera had done everything right in the team so far.
"Sometimes results may not look as flattering as what they do," he said.
"We've been impressed by his maturity.
"He's done what we expected him to do."
Barbera has finished inside the top 10 five times this season, including three times in his past four races at Sydney, Sandown and Bathurst.
Barry confirmed Barbera would remain with the team for 2018 and said the sky was the limit for the 20-year-old.
"This year he's properly been team focused instead of being told to go for it," he said.
"Next year we expect a step up in his performance after this year," he said.
Barry recalled when the team knew Barbera was the right fit for the team.
"It was through his ute driving," he said.
"Gary got his eye out during 2016 and watched him."
"Watching Mason drive reminded him a lot of Ian Geoghegan."
Geoghegan was a five- time Australian Touring
Car Champion in the 1960s and regarded as one of the best.
Barry believed Barbera could rise to Supercars.
"There has to be plenty of hard work for him," he said.
"We also have to get everything together to help him."
There will be more on the visit in the NewsMail later this week.