19 January 2024 | General

Consistency Set to Propel Barbour in 2024 Trans Am Season

Elliot Barbour is back for a third season in Trans Am and is looking to build upon the strong performances he and his Pioneer DJ team showed in 2023.

After making his category debut in 2022 Barbour entered 2023 under his own privateer entry, finishing fifth in the points. Strong performances at Queensland Raceway and Sandown saw the 32-year-old claim three podiums in his first full season in Trans Am.

“We want to be competing for wins and be competitive everywhere we go, and put together a strong and consistent year,” said Barbour.

“Last year we had a few podiums and second places, so getting a win is one of the items we’re really looking to tick off in 2024.”

Having raced in a wide variety of classes before settling in Trans Am, Barbour is one of the more experienced drivers on the grid and is relishing the chance to compete against the young talent coming through the category.

“There was a heap of extremely fast, young drivers last year and hopefully there’s even more coming through again this season. It’s a great opportunity to prove themselves in a big rear wheel drive V8 and the experienced drivers act as a really competitive yardstick for the young drivers.”

The Trans Am calendar sees two changes from 2023, with The Bend Motorsport Park and a trip to the Adelaide 500 coming in for Sydney Motorsport Park and Winton.

“I was actually working on Craig Dontas’ car when Trans Am came to Adelaide in 2020, so it’s exciting to be racing there later in the year. I see Adelaide as the best event on any motorsport calendar in Australia, it’s an amazing track with a good vibe and one the Trans Am cars are well suited to. I have only raced at The Bend once, in a Torana, so it will be a pretty different experience this time around.

“We’re going in with the same crew and car this year, and we were pretty strong from the halfway point in 2023. It was our first year running the team ourselves, but now we’ve got that under our belt, so really looking forward to getting going again.

“We are really excited for a big year, the team and I have fantastic support once again from Pioneer DJ, JANDS, Motion, Trade Risk and Verto. We look forward to putting on a show for our partners and fans,” concluded Barbour.

The Trans Am field get underway for the first time in 2024 at Race Sandown, as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries, from February 9-11. All of the action will be live and free on the Seven Network.

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