1 March 2023 | General

Steady improvement for Elliot Barbour at season opener

Elliot Barbour proved he will be a contender for podiums and race wins this year in National Trans Am after a strong, yet luckless performance at AWC Race Tasmania.

Racing the Pioneer DJ Chevrolet Camaro, Barbour qualified inside the top 10 for the opening round as he proved capable of frontrunning pace.

One of the many self-run teams in National Trans Am, Barbour has completed plenty of work during the off-season and tested strongly at Winton, which was on display at Symmons Plains.

“It was an up and down weekend,” Barbour described.

“Sunday was a really tough day, I started last because of the DNF in Race 1. We moved our way up to eighth in a shortened race, so we were really happy for that. I moved my way up to eighth, which I was really happy with and we had really good speed.

Because of the DNF I had to start the final race from 13th and I was up to fifth at one point before hitting some oil at the hairpin. I was the first one there and there wasn’t any oils flags out, so I spun.

I got back in the race and got to seventh, before on the last lap two cars got into each other while I was making a pass, blocking the track, so I fell back again.”

Barbour left Symmons Plains buoyant of better results considering the better feel he had in the Pioneer DJ Camaro and is excited to head to a home circuit in Phillip Island.

“The positives are the guys have given me a good car, we were fast all weekend and I’m confident we can roll into the year to be a contender to win some races during the season.

“Big thanks to all of our partners Pioneer DJ, Trade Risk, Lightforce Performance Lighting and Verto.”

The next round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at Phillip Island as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries on May 12-14.