No wild, wild, west for Bundy's Barbera
MOTORSPORT: The shackles have officially been released for Bundaberg's Mason Barbera.
The Garry Rogers Motorsport driver recorded his best finish in the Dunlop Super 2 Series in Perth, finishing ninth for the round after three top-10 race results.
Barbera finished fifth in race one, his best-ever race result in the category, before finishing eighth and 10th in the final two races.
The weekend was set up in qualifying - Barbera got sixth and eighth for the opening two races.
"I'm so stoked,” Barbera said.
"We knew we had the speed but we just needed to show it, which we did.
"I feel like the monkey is now off the back of my shoulders.”
Barbera said the first two races went well and he was among the fastest on the track.
The final race saw Barbera fall back early after starting in seventh on the grid.
He fought back to finish 10th.
"The Kosteckis made contact with me and I lost a few spots,” he said.
"I then fell behind my teammate Chris (Pither) and we fought back making up a few spots.
"For me that's racing and I was really happy with how everything went.”
Barbera is now 19th in the championship and said top 10 was now the goal after the successful weekend.
"There's still a long way to go in the series,” he said.
"For me it is just a relief to do well.
"It shows I can do it, I am ready to be racing at the top.”
Barbera will now prepare for the next round of the series, which will be held in Townsville.
The Garry Rogers Motorsport driver said the team would prepare for that by holding a test session at their home base in Winton.
The Townsville 400 will be held from July 6-8.