Care­less rookie cops $ 5k sus­pended fine

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

AUS­TRALIAN V8 Utes Rac­ing Se­ries rookie Ma­son Bar­bera has copped a $ 5000 sus­pended fine and ex­clu­sion from the next round of rac­ing fol­low­ing last week­end’s Townsville 400.

Bar­bera, 17, copped a care­less driv­ing penalty af­ter mak­ing con­tact with V8 Utes se­ries leader Ryal Harris and Jeremy Gray on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions in Race 3, which saw Harris lose five po­si­tions and Gray drop from 8th to 24th.

Harris con­fronted Bar­bera in pit lane af­ter the race and made no at­tempt to hide his anger at the rookie.

“It was a re­ally dumb move; I was pretty heated af­ter­wards and it cost me a lot of points and he ( Bar­bera) needs to learn not to drive that way,” Harris said.

“I know I’ve come a long way in my driv­ing and I’m sure he will, but he needs to lower the in­ten­sity a bit and fo­cus on rac­ing cleanly ... hard but fair.”

Bar­bera – a Bund­aberg prod­uct – also lost 20 cham­pi­onship points and will have his sus­pended fine in place un­til the end of the year. Bar­bera’s ill- dis­ci­pline gave Harris an even tougher week­end in Townsville af­ter strug­gling for pace on the hy­brid cir­cuit, with Harris see­ing his race lead re­duced to 13 points ahead of Adam Mar­jo­ram.

The V8 Utes will head into a two- month break be­fore their next round at Sandown Race­way from Septem­ber 11- 13.

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