Careless rookie cops $ 5k suspended fine
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.